Shoreditch stabbing: More than £10,000 raised for young father's family following brutal murder
More than £10,000 has been raised for the family of a young father who was brutally stabbed after he “tried to break up an argument”.
Zakaria Abukar Sharif-Ali died on Saturday after stepping in to calm down a row outside of a nightclub in Shoreditch.
The father-of-two was attacked by two men before collapsing outside the Rolling Stock club, in Kingsland Road, at about 6.30am.
A crowdfunding page has been set up for the 26-year-old to support his wife and two children, a four-year-old boy and two-year-old girl.
The page, which was only set up one day ago, read: “My best friend and brother tragically passed away on November 24.
“His death was a shock to everyone, and he leaves behind his two children. Zakaria Sharif-Ali was an incredible father, son, brother and friend.
“His character and personality made an impression on everyone he met – his genuine personality, sense of humour and desire to help and befriend others touched everyone who knew him, whether you met him once or were a close friend.
“This fundraiser is to help Zakaria’s young children and wife in the bereavement of their father and Husband. His family are reeling from this terrible shock.
“The death of a son is traumatic and draining mentally and physically for the entire family, and I want to do what I can to lessen the financial burden so that can be one less thing for them to worry about.”
One donator wrote: “I met him twice and still remember his character. I am shocked and hurt that a brother like him was murdered. I have nothing else to say, but just pray for his family.”
As of Monday evening the page had raised a huge £10,460 from nearly 400 supporters.
Mr Sharif-Ali’s sister, Bushra, told the Standard he was well-known in the community.
She said: “He was a good community man, a good friend, husband and son. He impacted everyone around him. He volunteered in Gambia and was religious.
“We’ve had so many friends come to the house since it happened. He was a good man, he didn’t deserve this.”
She said her brother intervened in a fight, adding: “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.”
The crowdfunding page can be viewed here.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 1802/24Nov or ring Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.