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Murdered Erdington man's dying message to his mother

Yajay Sudra
Image caption Mr Sudra had a single stab wound to his heart and died on his mother's doorstep

The mother of a man who was stabbed near his home in Birmingham has described how she found him dying on her doorstep.

Jay Sudra, 21, was stabbed in the chest on 9 July as he walked to his home in Marsh Lane, Erdington.

His mother Vasha said when she opened the door he was unable to tell her what had happened to him.

"He said 'Mum, help me mum' just once and that was it," she added.

'Goodbye message'

Speaking at a police press conference earlier she said: "I opened the door- he just lay in my arms.

"Basically, he just came to say goodbye to me."

Detectives have released more images of a man they want to trace in connection with the stabbing, which they have described as part of an attempted robbery.

The first CCTV images police released showed a man walking along Marsh Lane at the time of the stabbing.

Now clearer images of the man travelling on a bus have been released.

Mr Sudra died from a single stab wound to the heart.

Det Insp Paul Joyce, in charge of the murder investigation, urged anyone with information to contact police.

"This has been an incredibly fast moving investigation and we have great support from the community of Erdington," he said.

"Earlier in the week we released CCTV footage of a man we are keen to speak to, we now have further images, of much better quality, and we ask for the public's help again."

Detectives will be carrying out anniversary appeals on Marsh Lane on Friday night.

NOTE (17/07/2010): A CCTV image previously on this story has been removed at the request of West Midlands Police.

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