TWO men have been charged with the murder of Liam McGerrigan.
Joseph Johnson, aged 25 of no fixed address, and Michael Bullingham, aged 33 from Banner Lane, Coventry, and both unemployed, will appear before Birmingham magistrates today (June 14).
Liam McGerrigan was found with a stab wound to his chest at an address on Holyhead Road near the junction of Northumberland Road, at around 10.10pm last Thursday (9 June).
It is believed the 27-year-old had staggered to the address after being fatally wounded in an altercation in a church car park.
And despite the best efforts of ambulance crews he was pronounced dead at the scene.
His family have issued the following tribute:
“When did silence become so painful? Our loss of such a kind warm sensitive soul taken from us in such a senseless manner has devastated us all.
“Amongst our tears…. we find your beautiful smile Liam.
“Loving parents Paul and Linda, devoted step-mom Sue, distraught siblings and soul mates Kieran and Sinead who’s worlds have changed forever.
“Hugs and kisses to all affected by the loss of our Liam.”
Police sealed off several addresses and the Great Meeting House Unitarian Church car park as part of their forensic search for possible evidence and officers are still keen to hear from anyone who may have seen an altercation near the church that night.
Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police Force CID in Harborne on the 101 number, or alternatively speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.