A prominent rugby player stabbed to death outside a nightclub was regarded as “one of the nicest guys around” by friends.
Michael Allen, 36, was identified by police as the man killed in a knife attack that injured seven people.
At 3.15 a.m. on Sunday, Devon and Cornwall Police rushed to the scene near the Eclipse Nightclub in Bodmin, Cornwall.
They discovered numerous persons with stab wounds, and seven of them were rushed to the hospital, where they are not believed to be in critical condition. Five individuals have since been released, with two still in the hospital recovering from surgery after the incident.
A 24-year-old man from Bodmin has been arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. This morning police were granted a further 36-hour extension to detain and question the suspect.
His family paid tribute to Michael, who was known as Mike, today saying he was “much-loved”.
The said in a statement through police: “Mike was simply much-loved son, brother, grandson, and uncle who loved his dogs.
“His family would like to respectfully request privacy at this time”.
Pals paid tribute to Michael, known as Mike, online. The popular rugby player was described as someone who “made everyone laugh”.
They wrote online: “Gentle giant you were an amazing and loving guy. you never said a bad word about anyone RIP Big Mike.”
A second wrote: “Shocking news thoughts go to his family and all that know Mike RIP mate. we had some class times together I won’t ever forget!
“You never failed to make everyone laugh and always helped anyone out whenever you could.
“Thanks for all the laughs and awesome memories you will be missed by all.”
Another added: “Rip Mike one of the nicest guys around can’t believe it so sorry to all his friends and family gutted rest easy Mike xx.”
A memorial place has been established at the Bodmin Rugby Club, where people may congregate to remember Mike. Local officers will also be there to assist the local community, and the community hub will be open from 4-6pm today and twice everyday from 10am-midday and 4-6pm for the following week.
“Our investigation into this matter continues, and we continue to ask the public for their assistance,” stated Detective Inspector Ilona Rosson of the Major Crime Investigation Team.