A WIRRAL family has paid tribute to a murdered football fan saying: “We can’t believe we won’t see his face again.”
Liverpool supporter Alex Jarmay, 26, from Bromborough was stabbed to death outside Bar Uno, in Camden, north London.
His family said the transport distribution worker only got a seat on a fans’ coach at the last minute to watch the Reds at Wembley in the Carling Cup final.
They remembered Alex as a “gentle giant” and devoted uncle.
His dad Paul said: “You don’t expect your son to go to a football match and not come back.
“I’ll never forget getting a phone call at 4am from a guy who just couldn’t speak. A constable was there and I just heard him take over and say ‘I’m awfully sorry, there’s been a tragic accident’.”
Former Wirral Grammar School pupil Alex joined his brother Luke, 22, on the trip to London at the 11th hour.
The brothers were out together in Camden the evening before the final when they were attacked.
Alex died from a single stab wound to his chest.
His sister Natalie, 32, said: “Alex and his friends were all well-dressed people. My brother loved his fashion and looking good.
“They were not in any football regalia that night. They were always smart and often went to the football and wore the same thing to go out to town afterwards.
“The support we have received from family, friends and strangers since he died has been humbling. ”
Former Woodslee primary pupil Alex, who also had an older sister Stefanie, 24, worked at Laws Distribution, in Haydock, after deciding not to go to university.
He regularly went to the gym, loved cars and watching Top Gear and, although Luke was a more fanatical Reds fan, Alex had a tattoo on his leg reading: “YNWA.”
Members of the Spirit of Shankly fans union have raised close to £1,000 in his memory and a banner was unfurled on the Kop during the game against Anfield on Saturday referencing the Reds’ Carling Cup win, saying: “RIP Alex. We did it for you.”
Natalie said: “You don’t think this will happen to someone you love. For the first few days it was just like a dream.
Luke suffered injuries in the incident and needed stitches for a wound.
It was the second time tragedy has struck Alex’s parents after their 20-month-old son Matthew died after falling from a seventh-floor balcony in Benidorm in 1983.
Paul said: “This is the second time a son has been taken from us.”
Mum Sheree, 55, added: “Alex was a homebird who liked creature comforts and was happy in his own company.
“We just can’t believe we’re not going to see his face again.”
Damian Beck, 23, and Paul Beck, 28, of Spring Place, Kentish Town, were charged with murder and remanded in custody.