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Ryan Passey murder: Teenager accused of Chicago's killing could face trial in January

A teenager appeared in court today charged with murdering a former Stourbridge youth team footballer who was stabbed in a nightclub.

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Ryan Passey, who was aged 24, with his girlfriend Paige Marsh-Roberts, 19

Ryan Passey, 24, suffered a wound to the chest and died in hospital after he was attacked in Chicago's in the early hours of Sunday.

Relatives have paid tribute to ex-Stourbridge FC youth player Mr Passey, from Brierley Hill, describing him as "a friend to everyone".

Kobe Murray, 19, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court via video-link, charged with the killing.

Wearing a maroon sweater, he spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the proceedings.

As he spoke over the link from HMYOI Brinsford and responded "Yes, sir" to each question, members of Mr Passey's family watched from the public gallery.

Murray, of The Broadway in Dudley, was told by the judge that he would appear for a plea hearing at the court on September 5.

A provisional two-week trial was also set for January 24 next year.

Judge Philip Parker QC told Murray he would be remanded into custody until the next hearing.

Team Dudley FC has announced a special tribute to the youngster at this Saturday's game.

Meanwhile, the nightclub has had its licence temporarily suspended pending a full hearing later this month.

Dudley Council cabinet member Karen Shakespeare said: "Following the incident, the police requested the council carry out an interim review of the licence.

"The committee met on Wednesday and the licence has been suspended pending a formal review on August 24."

West Midlands Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the attack.

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