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CCTV of Erdington street stabbing released

Police have released CCTV footage of the man they believe stabbed a 21-year-old man in the heart, leaving him to stagger to his home where he died.

Yajay Sudra was on his way home from work on Friday evening when he was attacked by his home in Marsh Lane, Erdington, in Birmingham, police said.

It is believed he was the victim of an attempted robbery.

Yajay, know as Jay, has been described by his family as gentle and inspirational.

"As a family we are broken, torn and bleeding internally," they said.

"This sort of pain is the only thing which reminds us to breathe. We miss every fibre of him."

'Tragic consequences'

The CCTV pictures show the man police are trying to trace walking up Marsh Lane moments before the attack happened.

Police said they think Jay was approached from behind and there was "an exchange".

Det Insp Paul Joyce, from West Midlands Police said: "From our enquiries we believe that Jay was the victim of an attempted robbery, with the most tragic of consequences.

"At some point, Jay was stabbed with a knife in the chest.

"The attacker fled and Jay managed to stagger home.

"His mother heard him reach home and despite the best efforts of neighbours, paramedics and a doctor at the scene, Jay died."

Image caption Jay was making his way home when he was murdered

A post-mortem examination revealed that he died as a result of a single stab wound to the heart.

Police have started a murder inquiry and officers have been conducting house-to-house queries, checking CCTV images and carrying out forensic searches.

Det Insp Paul Joyce said he wants anyone with information about the incident to contact police.

"Somebody somewhere must recognise this image," he said.

"It clearly shows the man we are looking for, walking along Marsh Lane.

"We need to hear from you if you know who this is."

In a statement, Jay's family said he was "loved and adored" by all of his family who loved spending time with him.

"Jay had everything going for him and would do his best to make everyone happy - especially his mom.

"He was down to earth, with a great sense of humour, willing to help anyone at any time.

"Jay loved to play the guitar at every opportunity and was extremely talented.

"After the loss of his father recently, Jay had to mature very quickly and looked after everyone including his mum and nephews and nieces, who all adored him and looked up to him."

They added that family members were "absolutely devastated".

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