A devastated family have paid tribute to an "amazing dad" who was battered to death outside a bar in front of his son as onlookers filmed the attack on mobile phones.
Matthew ‘Matty’ Carroll, 50, was out with his son and his friends over the bank holiday weekend in Birmingham city centre when he was set upon.
He was savagely beaten around the head after a fight in a bar spilled out onto the street in the city's trendy Brindley Place district.
Dozens of revellers are believed to have filmed the attack which happened outside the Slug and Lettuce and All Bar One venues at 1.30am on Sunday (29/8).
Mr Carroll was rushed to hospital with a smashed skull and facial injuries but died hours later.
His family said in a tribute: “We are all devastated and heartbroken to lose such an amazing, thoughtful and kind man.
“He had a heart of gold and would put anyone before himself. He was loving father, always devoted to his children.
“He’s always been a hard worker and enjoyed going the gym.
“He was a social and friendly person, who loved being around family and friends. He always made people feel welcome and made people laugh.
“Our hearts are shattered into a thousand pieces, we are all still in shock, it doesn’t seem real.
“Our lives will never be the same without him.”
Extensive CCTV enquiries are ongoing and police are keen to hear from anyone who has any information about his killers.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Mobberley, of West Midlands Police, said: “We continue to support Matthew’s family at this really sad time.
“We’re working hard to understand exactly what happened and find those responsible.
“We’re keen to speak to those who were in Brindley Place at the time and may have been filming what happened on their mobile phone.”
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