Heartbroken sister of young man murdered in horror stabbing video pays tribute
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The sister of a young man stabbed to death on a night out with friends has paid tribute to him.
Jack Donoghue was stabbed once near the stomach by Tyrall Blake after the killer and his cowardly friends ganged up on the 21-year-old outside a club in Solihull, West Midlands.
CCTV footage, which Jack's family have asked to be released to show the devastating impact of knife crime, shows him trying to fight off the thugs and walking after them as they tried fleeing the scene.
Tragically, he'd suffered a catastrophic internal injury from the knife wound and died in hospital three hours later having suffered significant blood loss.
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Eleanor Donoghue, Jack's younger sister, posted a series of pictures of her brother and his family to Twitter in a post that has attracted more than 40,000 likes.
"I am so sorry this happened to you Jack," she said on Tuesday.
"Four on 1 and they still couldn't get you down, so they had to pull a knife. You are SO brave. I miss you and the fact I'm never going to see you again hurts.
"I love you Jack. You were the best big brother a girl could wish for. RIP Jack x."
Harrowing final moments of lad stabbed to death released by his distraught parents
Eleanor's tweet inspired many others to share their memories of the "champion" Birmingham University student.
Before he was stabbed, Jack had attempted to diffuse the situation but it escalated into the four men attacking him.
Despite being outnumbered, Jack was able defend the punches and protect himself from serious harm but one of the men then pulled out a knife and stabbed him once in the abdomen.
The gang fled down an alleyway, while Jack, fatally wounded, managed to get to a bench.
Members of the public and security staff attempted first aid and Jack was taken to hospital but sadly died within hours.
Jack had been clubbing with friends at Popworld in the town centre but was targeted when he left the venue at around 3am on November 30 last year.
On Monday 21-year-old Blake was jailed for life after being found guilty of murder and will serve at least 23 years behind bars.
Accomplices Nile Bennett, 23, Connor Moore, 20, and 21-year-old Regan Watters were convicted of manslaughter and collectively jailed for almost 30 years.
Speaking about the release of the video, Jack’s family have said: "Although it is painful to watch what happened to Jack in the CCTV we feel it is important for everyone to see the impact knife crime can have."
DI Jim Mahon, who led the investigation, said: "This was an appalling, senseless attack on an innocent young man just trying to enjoy a night out in Solihull with friends.
"These four thugs were determined to cause trouble and inflict violence that night, and for some reason decided to pick on Jack.
"His bravery and sense of justice meant he was able to defend himself to a point, but sadly this again shows the deadly consequences that carrying a knife can often have."
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