Coventry & Warwickshire

Mark Nesmith named as man killed at Coventry petrol station

Mark Nesmith Image copyright Grizzly Art Collective
Image caption Mr Nesmith was an apprentice tattoo artist in Coventry

A man who died after being stabbed at a petrol station has been named by friends as Mark Nesmith.

The 35-year-old tattoo artist died in hospital after being stabbed at the BP garage in The Butts, Coventry at 01:50 BST on Sunday.

Members of Coventry band The Enemy were among his friends and described Mr Nesmith being "humble, hilarious" with "a huge heart".

Two people have been arrested in connection with his death.

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Mr Nesmith was found with serious stab wounds in the early hours of Sunday morning and was taken to hospital but died from his injuries on Monday afternoon.

His family are being supported by specialist officers.

In a Facebook post, The Enemy spoke of their grief at the loss of a friend they described as gentle, kind and talented.

They added: "He'll be missed not only by his close friends and loved ones, but by all the people who were quietly influenced by him."

Image copyright Grizzly Art Collective
Image caption The tribute in full from The Enemy

Martin Orton posted: "I can't recall a single time that I was in Mark's company where he wasn't smiling and laughing. A beautiful soul full of infectious vitality."

And Dan Jenkins said Mr Nesmith was "always smiling, always had the time of day for anyone who wanted or needed it."

A 21-year-old man from Coventry arrested on suspicion of attempted murder prior to Mr Nesmith's death remains in police custody.

A 23-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender is also continuing to be questioned.

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