Man stabbed to death named as Syrian refugee who came to Britain in search of a better life

Ibrahim Ismail, 23, was found injured in Highgate Credit: BPM Media

A man who was stabbed to death on a Birmingham street has been identified as a Syrian refugee who came to the UK in search of a better life.

Ibrahim Ismail, 23, also known as Abraham Ismail, was found injured outside the Raxo Shisha Lounge in Highgate on Saturday 17 December at around 3.30am.

He was taken to hospital where he later died. A port mortem examination revealed he died after being stabbed in the chest and back, West Midlands Police have said.

A Go-Fund me page has been set up in his name to pay for burial costs.

A statement on the page reads: “Our brother Abraham Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhu Raaji’un, has sadly passed away on 17th December 2016, being brutally stabbed to death.

“We are devastated to have lost our dearest brother and friend to a great injustice. We pray that Allah (Swt) showers his mercy on him and grants him Jannat ul-firdous.

“Abraham was a 23 year old hardworking, humble, caring and kind hearted brother.

“Abraham unfortunately has no family here in the United Kingdom and we are not sure about his family’s wherabouts because they live in Syria.

“Abraham had fled Syria in order to find a better standard of living here in Birmingham, the UK. However, he was tragically murdered.

“Brothers and sisters we urge you to donate whatever that comes from your heart in order for us to be able to give Abraham the send-off that he deserves.

“This is truly the time for our community to pull together and show support to Abraham’s friends who are trying to raise the money needed for his funeral.”

Police investigating his death said:

We are still piecing together the circumstances of Mr Ismail’s death and would urge anyone with information to get in touch with my team.

Det Insp Paul Joyce

Mr Ismail was out in Birmingham city centre on what is known as Mad Friday. It's an occasion where paramedics and emergency services are usually pushed to their limits by large numbers of people out for Christmas parties.

Last year police arrested 18 people for drunkenness and assault, including one man for attacking an ambulance worker.