First picture of young dad killed trying to break up fight in Shoreditch

A young dad was trying to break up an argument when he was stabbed to death.

Zakaria Abukar Sharif-Ali was acting as ‘peacemaker’ between two men who were rowing outside a nightclub in Shoreditch, east London, when he was killed.

The 26-year-old dad-of-two was knifed just before 6.30am outside the Rolling Rock club on Kingsland Road on Saturday.

Officers, London Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service treated him at the scene before he was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

He was taken to a central London hospital in a critical condition where he died a few hours later.

His sister, Bushra, told the Standard : “He was a family guy. He has a four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter.

“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.

“He stepped in to stop it [a fight], that’s what we know from what the police told us. And that’s the kind of guy he was.”

Mr Sharif-Ali married Ramla Buwe in 2014 and she lives in her native Canada with their two young children.

His other sister Khuluud, 24, said he was trying to arrange visas so they could live with him in the UK. Ms Buwe is said to be "broken" by her husband’s death.

Detective Inspector Rita Tierney, who is leading the investigation, 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.”

Detectives have issued descriptions of the two men they are seeking in connection with the investigation.

Suspect One is described as an olive skinned male, of Mediterranean appearance, aged in his 20s, about 5ft 10ins of stocky build with short dark hair.

Suspect Two is described as a white male, about 6ft tall, of heavy build, with fair-ginger hair and a fluffy beard.

DI 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 underway, 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?”

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

At this early stage in the investigation, there have been no arrests and police await formal identification.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8345 3865, Tweet @MetCC or call 101.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

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