Council heard cries of murder victim's mother

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Just days after a deadly stabbing at Birmingham's Club Zen, some city leaders called for the club to be closed while the mother of the victim poured out her heart to council members.

Police say 21-year old Kelvin Felder was stabbed to death just before 3:00 Sunday morning at the Morris Avenue nightclub. Through tears, Felder's mother, Tomeka Sims, told councilors that Felder had gone out that night to celebrate with friends.

He was planning to leave to serve in the U.S. Air Force this week.

Witnesses told police that Felder was inside when he bumped into 35-year old Harold Williams of Bessemer.

They say Williams left the club and returned later and stabbed Felder to death. Williams turned himself in to Birmingham Police. He has been charged with murder.

Shortly after Felder's mother spoke to council members, Councilor Johnathan Austin called for the club to be closed. "This was a tragic event and I want to make sure we move swiftly to close this business down," Austin said. "This is senseless."

Mayor Larry Langford echoed his concerns. "This is the second death at Club Zen over the past two years. We're not going to wait for another one," Langford told councilors.

The first homicide happened in 2007, when the club was called The Station. Last year, new owners took it over. Still police say they received numerous calls of noise and violence. "What we're doing now is generating a list of calls for service to show the history of the club with the police department," Chief A.C. Roper said. He says those numbers will be presented to council members.

FOX6 tried to contact Club Zen owner Adam Townsend, but were unable to locate him. A public hearing to revoke his license has been set for September 15th.