Two men have been charged with the murder of Cody Fisher, who was fatally stabbed at a Birmingham nightclub on Boxing Day.
Kami Carpenter, age 21, and Remy Gordon, age 22, were charged tonight with murder and assault.
The Birmingham couple have been remanded in custody and will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday.
A 22-year-old man who was also arrested on suspicion of murdering 23-year-old Cody has been released on bail while our investigation continues.
Cody Fisher, 23, died after being stabbed on the dance floor of Crane nightclub in Birmingham’s Digbeth on Boxing Day
Investigators returned to the scene on Thursday to continue the investigation
Cody was stabbed on the dance floor of Crane nightclub in Digbeth, and the license has since been suspended.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Ingram, of the West Midlands Police Homicide Division, said: “This is an important development in our investigation as we seek justice for Cody, his family and friends.
“We have had fantastic support from the public who have really helped us with our investigations so far.
“However, we would still really like to hear from someone with information who hasn’t spoken to us yet. Any piece of information will help our investigation.”
We have set up a special web page where you can send information, photos and videos that will help our investigation.
Click here to send information directly to our detectives.
Four other people arrested on suspicion of aiding an offender have been released on bail while our investigation continues.
Mr Fisher’s girlfriend shared a heartfelt tribute online following his tragic death. The couple is pictured together
West Midlands Police have also submitted a request to review Crane’s operating license to Birmingham City Council, and a hearing will be held on Friday to pursue this.
Permit officials will be calling for immediate action to ensure public safety, and the venue has canceled a planned New Year’s Eve.
A spokesman for Crane said: ‘Expedited review of a permit for a property is normal when a serious crime occurs at a licensed property, and we are fully cooperating.
While it would be wrong for us at this stage to comment on individual, anecdotal accounts of the circumstances that prevailed on Boxing Day, we maintain extensive and professional security procedures for all public events, and our contracted security officers are licensed professionals by the SIA.’
“But we will of course conduct a full and detailed investigation in light of this week’s tragedy.”
Mourners continued to pay tribute to Mr. Fisher by leaving flowers and cards at the scene of his death
Video from inside the club, taken before the stabbing, shows hundreds of revelers enjoying the music amid flashing lights.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Ingram, who is leading the investigation, repeated his call on Thursday for anyone with information to contact police.
He said: “We now have seven people in custody and are continuing to build a picture of the events that led to the tragic loss of this young man’s life.
“People keep coming forward with information, but I’d still like to hear from anyone who hasn’t contacted us yet.
“If you have any footage we haven’t seen yet, or if you know what happened leading up to the horrific events on Boxing Day, I urge you to do the right thing and talk to us now.
“We are determined to get answers and justice for Cody’s friends and family, and will not stop until that happens.
“We will keep them updated on developments as they happen and continue to support them through this terrible time.”
Before the incident, crowds of people were seen enjoying the music and flashing lights in the club
Pictured: Authorities on the scene, sorting through leads as part of the ongoing investigation
A relative at Fisher’s home in Studley, Warwickshire, told MailOnline: ‘As you can imagine, it’s a very difficult time for the family. We are devastated and trying to understand.
“Cody was a great kid and the family had a great Christmas. All this is really heartbreaking.’
The 23-year-old from Redditch was a semi-professional footballer who had played for Stratford Town, Stourbridge FC and Bromsgrove Sporting.
His girlfriend Jess Chatwin also shared a short tribute on social media. She said, ‘I’m so sorry this happened to you, my baby, please come home. I love you forever Cody Fisher.”
In an Instagram story, Ms. Chatwin posted a photo of the couple out for drinks with the caption, “My baby’s smile. How can you take him away? It was meant to be us forever.”
Three men have now been arrested following the death of Cody Fisher, 23 (pictured with girlfriend girlfriend Jess Chatwin) on Boxing Day at Crane nightclub in Birmingham
The Crane canceled its New Year’s Eve event in light of the incident and said it was working closely with police.
Revelers at the nightclub criticized the security screenings at the event and recalled a “moody” atmosphere in the venue, where popular techno DJ Marco Carola played.
An 18-year-old man from Wolverhampton, who declined to be named, said the incident was a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ because security screenings were poor and ‘anyone could have brought in something’.
He said of the entry, “Me and the friend I was with, not once were we asked to empty our pockets, even though mine were full. I was wearing cargo pants with pockets full.
The scene at Crane Nightclub in Birmingham on December 28 where 23-year-old Cody Fisher was stabbed
“They didn’t even touch me while they searched me, they just traced the contours of my body with their hands and then tapped me to say go ahead.
‘Of course you want everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves [but] when we entered i said to my friend ‘that’s the worst quest i’ve ever seen’. Anyone could have brought in something.’
Detective Michelle Thurgood, who led the investigation, said: ‘This was a young man enjoying himself with friends on a Boxing Day night out and our thoughts are with his friends and family today.
“We know that there were hundreds of people in the nightclub at the time. While we’ve spoken to some of them already, we’ve yet to hear from anyone who was there who witnessed or even filmed what happened.
“We believe the victim was approached by a group of people and then stabbed, so we are working hard to identify everyone involved.”
Tributes have been left by the team Cody played for and the school he worked at
Stratford Town Football posted in memory of their player on Twitter saying: ‘Everyone is saddened to hear of the tragic loss of one of our own players, Cody Fisher’
Stratford Town Football posted in memory of their player on Twitter, saying: ‘Everyone at Stratford Town Football is saddened by the tragic loss of one of our very own players, Cody Fisher.
Our sincere condolences go out to Cody’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.’
Non-league football club Bromsgrove Sporting also paid tribute to their former player.
In a tweet, the club said: ‘All of us at Bromsgrove Sporting Football Club are deeply saddened by the passing of Cody Fisher.
“Cody, was a friend of many at the club and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Anyone with information or who was in the area at the time has been asked to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat, quoting log 3792 dated 26 December.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
This is an evolving story. More to come