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James Gibbons was stabbed to death when he interrupted his daughter’s birthday barbecue to help a neighbor attacked by youths in a noisy row.
Gibbons, a plumber and known locally as Gibbo, was stabbed on an estate that locals call ‘Alcatraz’ in Laindon, Essex, at around 9.30 pm on Sunday.
His age is unclear.
James Gibbons Stabbed To Death
Mr. Gibbons was found with stab wounds and died at the scene despite efforts by paramedics.
Neighbors say Mr. Gibbons enjoyed a barbecue for his daughter’s birthday when tragedy struck on the estate nicknamed after the famous American prison.
It is thought Mr. Gibbons went outside to help the neighbor who had told youths to be quiet when he was stabbed to death.
Locals have been shocked by the killing, and say a gang of youths roamed the estate and drank in the lead up to the tragedy.
One man who did not want to be named said: ‘A man came out and told youths to be quiet and someone came out to back him up, and he was the one who got killed.
‘I heard he had a barbecue for his daughter’s birthday. It is awful.’
Police have since arrested three boys and two girls aged between 13 and 16 connected with the killing.
Flowers paying tribute to ‘Gibbo’ have been left outside a property where locals say the stabbing happened.
It is thought the victim was a father of several children, and he had proudly posted loving family photos on his Facebook page, which feature his partner and four young children.
The emotional tributes state: ‘Gibbo, you was one in a million. I can’t believe you are gone. I will cherish the memories… you have been taken from us far too soon, but may you rest in eternal peace.
‘Love ya, Gibbo.’ Another states: ‘Where to start m8, so wounded I won’t get to share another laugh with you.
‘You were one of the kindest + most lovely persons I’ve ever met.
‘You will be sadly missed but forever in our hearts + minds. Going to miss you so much on our nights out.’
The killing unfolded on the estate, known as Alcatraz, a famous American prison – due to its fortress-like appearance.
Speaking to BBC Essex, detective chief inspector Stephen Jennings said: ‘It’s early stages to piece together exactly what’s happened and why.
‘We believe the victim was coming to the aid of another man who was in the area and was attacked by one or more of the youths, which appears to have cost him his life.
‘We’re keen to hear from anyone that was in that area, may have seen something happen, or even just heard in the local area what could have taken place and who could have been involved.’