May 24 2013 Latest news:
Lorraine King, News editor
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Luke Fitzpatrick was stabbed to death after watching the Champions League at the Ox and Gate pub
Three people arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Dollis Hill have been released on bail.
Luke Fitzpatrick died after he was stabbed to death by a gang of up to 20 men on Crest Road at the junction of Alder Grove on Saturday evening.
The 25-year-old roofer 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.
Mr Fitzpatrick’s 56-year-old father Bernie was also stabbed when he tried to save his son.
He is in a serious condition in hospital.
A 31-year-old man and two 17-year-olds had been arrested by detectives investigating the murder.
Yesterday the two teenagers were bailed to return to a police station later this month. The man has been bailed to return to a police station in June.
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.
A post mortem revealed Mr Fitzpatrick died from stab wounds.
Tributes paid to him online include heartfelt tweets from music artist Kevin Georgiou, who is known as K Koke.
He tweeted ‘Gone2SoonRIP luke my cuzy its love forever’.
Nancee bingenheimer tweeted ‘not expecting this this morning Rip luke…watching the eclipse w/u last night was fun. Amazing person w/a great energy. U will be missed.’
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.