Tributes to stroke survivor who dreamed of becoming a dad after savage stabbing at Asda

Tributes have been paid to a tragic husband who overcame a stroke to dream of being a dad, stabbed to death by a savage gang of youths.

Ian Kirwin, 53, was fatally stabbed in full view of horrified Asda shoppers after allegedly bumping into a gang of “youths”.

The ‘wonderful and intelligent’ software engineer died at the scene despite the best efforts of emergency services.

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Ian’s family have spoken of their heartbreak after the callous killing in Redditch, Worcestershire.

The family have talked about a kind and considerate man dreaming of becoming a dad with his wife of five years.

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“He was a wonderful, intelligent, amazing, thoughtful, caring and supportive man. He was the most amazing person.”

Aunt Maureen Haycocks, 77, said: “He would do anything for anybody. If someone was to break down at the side of the road, he would be the one to pull over.

“He was like a son to me. We are all just devastated.”

Maureen said her nephew had gone to B&Q to grab a couple of things before walking over to Asda where he was attacked.

She added: “Some wicked people have taken his life and for what? Bumping into them? He probably would have said ‘I’m sorry’ and yet they’ve gone for him.

“It sounds like they were on a mission. If it was not Ian, it could have been someone else. Why have kids got knives? It makes you afraid to go anywhere.”

Police arrested three youths at Redditch train station shortly after the attack, it is understood.

Another five were later taken into custody on suspicion of murder.

Three more, who were part of the group earlier seen marauding through the town, are still being hunted.

West Mercia Police have not disclosed the ages of the suspects, all from south Birmingham.

Ian’s wife was last night being consoled by family members at their home in Redditch, just three miles from where he died.

Maureen added: “They have been married for around five years but together for more than two decades.

“She is distraught. So is his sister.

“She’s heartbroken Ian will not get to see her twins brought up.”

Another relative, who asked not to be named, previously told The Sun Ian was a “kind, loving and gentle” man who would “go out of his way for anyone”.

They added: “He was a wonderful, intelligent, amazing, thoughtful, caring and supportive man. He was the most amazing person.”

DCI Leighton Harding, of West Mercia Police, said: “Our inquiries have established that Ian was attacked outside the front of Asda and suffered a fatal stab wound after an attack involving a group of youths.

“Six of them were arrested on Tuesday evening on suspicion of murder.

“On Wednesday, a further two youths have also been arrested on suspicion of murder.

“My inquiries led me to believe there are a further three youths that are connected to this group who attacked Ian.

“I appeal to them to do the right thing and hand themselves in.”

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