Touching tribute paid to student, 23, stabbed to death in Birmingham attack

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A touching tribute has been paid to a 23-year-old student who died following a series of knife attacks in Birmingham.

Jacob Billington, 23, has been described by his family as a “funny, caring and wonderful person”.

He was visiting a friend in Birmingham with school mates from Liverpool when he was fatally stabbed during a rampage in the early hours of Sunday.

Police said the friends' reunion had ended “brutally”.

In a statement his family said: “Jacob was the light of our life and we have been devastated by his loss.

"He was a funny, caring and wonderful person who was loved by every single person he met.

"He lit up every room with his boundless energy and witty humour and the loss of such a special person will be felt by all who knew him for years to come."

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder after the stabbings.

Several people were left injured following the knife attacks.

Jacob was with a group of school friends visiting one of their group who is studying in Birmingham.

Another one of the friends, also 23, remains in hospital fighting for their life following the attacks.

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Another man, aged 30 stabbed in Livery Street and a 22-year-old woman, attacked in Hurst Street, remain critically injured in hospital.

Police said four others, three men and a woman were also injured.

In an update on Monday, Chief Superintendent Steve Graham said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with Jacob’s family and friends after receiving such shocking news, particularly for those who were sharing their night out with him.

"It’s utterly shocking that a friends’ reunion should end so brutally.

“Equally the families of the other victims have been left devastated by the events of Sunday morning and we are working hard to discover what led to the apparently random attacks.

"We have no suggestion that the motive was either racial, homophobic or gang-related.”

Police said the suspect remains in custody on suspicion of murder and seven counts of attempted murder.

And three other people, two men and a woman, were arrested from the same address on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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