Tragedy struck outside a popular nightclub in England on Sunday morning.
Police announced that English rugby player Michael Allen was tragically killed in a brutal stabbing incident. The 36-year-old Allen was pronounced dead at the scene, while seven other stabbing victims were rushed to a nearby hospital.
As of Monday morning, the police had arrested a 24-year-old person of interest in connection with the murder, but no formal charges have been filed yet. The motive for this act of violence is currently unknown.
The incident took place at around 3:15 a.m. on Sunday morning outside of the Eclipse Nightclub in Cornwall. Right now, it’s unclear whether Allen was in attendance at the nightclub. But a large amount of people had made their way out of the club just shortly prior to the incident.
Allen’s family is requesting privacy.
“Mike was simply a much-loved son, brother, grandson, and uncle who loved his dogs,” Allen’s family said in a statement. “His family would like to respectfully request privacy at this time.”
According to the BBC, a tribute site has been set up at Bodmin Rugby Club, where Allen was a player.
“His humor and kindness has left a mark on us all and we will miss him dearly,” the team said in a statement, via TMZ. “Our thoughts are with Mike’s family at this devastating time.”