Ian Kirwan was found critically injured after being slashed in front of horrified shoppers at the Asda store in Redditch, Worcestershire. A 14-year-old child has been charged with murder
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A teenager has been charged with the murder of a Jaguar Land Rover engineer who was stabbed to death outside a supermarket.
Ian Kirwan was found critically injured after being slashed in front of horrified shoppers at the Asda store in Redditch, Worcestershire, on Tuesday.
The 53-year-old man died at the scene from a stab wound despite the best efforts of medics and a nurse on duty.
A 14-year-old boy has since been charged with murder and appeared before Kidderminster Magistrates Court on Friday.
Ian’s devastated family has paid tribute to her “warmest and kindest husband” who has “the greatest sense of humor” and is a talented musician and loves animals.
In a statement released through West Mercia Police, they said: “We are absolutely devastated by the loss of Ian.
“He was the warmest, kindest man and always loved his family and friends.
“Anyone who knows him will know he is both intelligent and humble and always ready to assist anyone in need.
“He was once a software engineer contractor for Jaguar Land Rover, a job he loved and was deeply passionate about. His colleagues were shaken by his loss.
“Ian has the warmest, silliest, most witty sense of humor that you just can’t help but love and laugh at.
“He brought great comfort to those around him and gave bears the best hugs that made you feel safe, protected and loved.
“With a joyful and happy family life, he is a house bird that absolutely does not enjoy time with his wife, family and close friends.
“A loving uncle, not only to his three grandchildren but also to the children of his friends.
“His silliness, adventure, and love of science and nature made him a funny uncle to spend time with.
“Not only does he bring happiness and joy to his nieces and nephews, they bring him great joy when he puts them on.
“Ian is a talented musician who loves music and is a talented guitar player.
“He’s also passionately interested in caring for the planet and justice for others – he has more than his fair share of compassion and shows it every day.
“As an avid animal lover, he loves his rabbits and cats and spoils them to rot, giving them attention before greeting his wife.
“He also often rescues and takes care of injured and lost animals.
“After sharing 20 years together, Ian leaves behind a loving wife who is heartbroken and describes him as her absolute favorite.
“She’s now been robbed of her future with him. He’s also left behind a devastated sister and sister-in-law, and their two young sons, who are all going to miss it all. the fun and silly memories they should create together he.
“But his close friends were also his family and he was always there for them when they needed them. They are all now shocked and devastated by Ian’s death.
“During this terrible time, we really appreciate the warmth of so many people who have come out to support us.”
The family added: “No one can imagine losing someone so horribly, so heartless and so needy.
“A hole has been created in our lives that can never be filled, but the love and support we have received is helping us begin to work through this terrible tragedy. this horror.”
Ian is said to have been attacked after accidentally bumping into a group of young men outside a supermarket.
A total of 11 people, from the south Birmingham area, were arrested in connection with the attack.
One of the boys was charged with murder while three faced further questioning and seven were released to take no further action.
The 14-year-old is expected to appear at Worcester Crown Court on April 28 for a guilty plea.
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