A 26-year-old man who was stabbed to death while trying to stop a fight outside a bar has been named by police.
Zakaria Bukar Sharif Ali was stabbed in Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, east London, just before 6.30am on Saturday.
He had been at the Rolling Stock bar and was fatally attacked when he tried to stop the confrontation.
Detective Inspector Rita Tierney said: “Zakaria was attacked following a night out. After leaving the Rolling Stock bar, he tried to intervene in an altercation taking place outside. He was attempting to calm the incident and was stabbed as a result.”
Police are looking for two suspects – one is a man in his 20s, who is about 5ft 10in, of stocky build and of Mediterranean appearance with olive skin and short, dark hair.
The second is a white man, about 6ft and heavily built, with fair-ginger hair and a fluffy beard.
Ms Tierney added: “This is a busy and popular area of London. I know that there are people who witnessed the incident or have information concerning the identity of the suspects. I urge those people to call the incident room without delay.
“My officers are currently reviewing CCTV and forensic enquiries are under way, but we need help from the public to fill in the gaps – what was the sequence of events that began with a night out and ended in Zakaria’s tragic death?”
There have now been 122 homicides in London so far this year, four more than in the whole of 2017.
Mr Sharif Ali’s sister Bushra told the Evening Standard that her brother had two children, a son aged four and a two-year-old daughter.
She told the newspaper: “He stepped in to stop it, that’s what we know from what the police told us. And that’s the kind of guy he was.”
Another sister, Khuluud, 24, told the Standard: “My brother wasn’t involved in the things that come with knife crime. He was the kind of person to try and get people away from that and help people.
“He always wanted to help people. He was the kind of person to approach a homeless person and say ‘How can I help you?’”