A YOUNG man has been charged with the murder of Lance Gregory, stabbed to death in Chelmsley Wood whilst out celebrating his 25th birthday.
Heartbroken relatives have paid tribute to the 25-year-old who was fatally stabbed in the chest outside the Craig Croft shopping precinct in the early hours of Sunday (November 11).
Paramedics rushed Lance to Heartlands Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
His cousin Billy Sabin said the former Whitesmore School pupil, who had worked in road safety at Highway Traffic Management Ltd, Gravelly Hill, had been out celebrating his birthday.
“That has definitely made it harder for the family,” said Billy, 37, a self-employed worker from Bordesley Green.
“Lance was a friendly, happy-go-lucky guy who was bubbly and got on with everybody.
“His mum, dad, brother and sister are devastated.”
Distraught mum Crystal Murray has called for calm in Chelmsley Wood after her son’s tragic death.
Shellshocked residents and loved ones were due to hold a vigil at the scene of the stabbing on Wednesday, releasing balloons and lanterns.
And messages continue to pour in on a Facebook tribute page - R.I.P. Lance Gregory - which has already gained over 2,000 ‘likes’.
Shelley Walters wrote: “Rest in paradise Lancey boy. I know you’re gunna look after us all.”
Louise Mallabar added: “So young, so wrong, god bless. Wishing your family strength and peace xxx.”
Carlton Pollock, 24, of Moorend Avenue, Chelmsley Wood, appeared before Solihull Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with murder.
The case was expected to resume at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. No application for bail was made.