The stabbing of three men in a street brawl involving groups from the Sikh community has been described as ‘bloodbath’ by local residents.
The victims named locally by family and friends as Narinder Singh, 26, Harinder Kumar, 22, and Baljit Singh, 34 are thought to have been construction workers from India.
Witnesses have described the “horrific” aftermath of the fight in Ilford, east London on Sunday evening.
All involved are understood to be from the Sikh and Hindu communities and it is understood that the violence spilled out from a nearby event after tensions had risen following a row on Saturday, according to The Times.
On Monday, family members spoke out about their heartbreak following the incident.
Narinder Singh’s brother Jasbal Singh told the Evening Standard that he had rushed to the scene the moment he heard.
Speaking to the paper, he said: “There was blood everywhere.
“I shouted ‘wake up, wake up’ but it was no good. I had lost him.
“He was a great brother and a popular guy with no enemies. I am devastated.”
He added that his heart was “broken” after losing “not only my brother but a best friend I lived with”.
Police responded to reports of a disturbance in Elmstead Road, Seven Kings, in Ilford, east London, on Sunday at 7.38pm.