June 19 2013 Latest news:
Lorraine King, News editor
Monday, May 21, 2012
Luke Fitzpatrick died after he was attacked by armed mob of up to 20 men
One of the best friends of a man stabbed to death in Dollis Hill has spoken about the loss of his ‘rock’.
Luke Fitzpatrick died after a gang of up to 20 men attacked him on Saturday night around 11.30pm.
The 25-year-old and his friends had been drinking in the Ox and Gate pub in Oxgate Lane, when the armed mob stormed the building and Mr Fitzpatrick is believed to have been dragged out and chased.
He was stabbed in Crest Road at the junction of Alder Grove and died at the scene.
His 56-year-old father Bernie was also knifed when he tried to protect his son.
He is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
Ricci, was with Mr Fitzpatrick in the pub where they had watched the Champions League final, he told the Times his death has left everyone devastated.
He said: “We have lost our rock.
“Luke was the man who pulled us all together and there is not a bad word anyone would say about him.
“This has shaken our world.”
Detectives investigating the killing believe a row erupted in the pub after the match between Chelsea and Bayner Munich which spilled out on the street.
However, it is also being speculated that the killing is the result of an argument between two drinkers and a group of men which took place at a cash point machine across the road from the pub during half time.
After the match a mob turned up at the pub brandishing weapons including a butcher’s knife.
Making an appeal for information, Ricci said: “Someone out there knows who killed Luke.
“They should come forward or live with the guilt.
“I hope Luke gets justice.”
DCI Tim Duffield, who is heading the murder hunt, said: “We urgently need to hear from anyone who was in or near the Ox and Gate pub around 11.30pm that evening.
“The pub was still very busy at that time, and we are confident that several people will have seen elements of what happened - we urge them to come forward and contact the incident room.”
Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8358 0400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Two 17-year-old boys and a 31-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the double stabbing.
The man has been bailed to return to a police station next month.
The two teenagers are still in custody.