A father threw himself on top of his son in a desperate bid to shield him from a knife-wielding gang who stabbed him to death in the street.

Luke Fitzpatrick, 25, was murdered after a group of men armed with bats and knives dragged him out of a north London pub on Saturday night.

Friends and relatives of the roofer told today how his father, Bernard, was stabbed several times while trying to protect him from his attackers.

Mr Fitzpatrick’s attackers were described as acting like “a pack of wolves” by storming into the the pub near his home in Dollis Hill.

Police said the killing followed an argument in the pub though some witnesses said it ocurred after a dispute in a shop opposite.

Three people were arrested, including two 17-year-old men who still being questioned in custody today.

The victim’s best friend, Ricci Whiteside, 25, who was with him all evening said: “There was an argument in the shop opposite the pub at half-time. Luke wasn’t anything to do with it, but we all heard that something had gone on.

“A group of black guys arrived at the door of the pub with bats and knives and they were looking for someone who had been outside the shop earlier.

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