Four men have been arrested for the fatal stabbing of Aqib Mazhar last week in Nottingham.
Aqib Mazhar, 21, who lived in the Forest Fields area of the city, was attacked on Russell Road at around 8pm on Wednesday evening.
Aqib was viciously attacked by a group of men armed with bricks, poles and knives. He died a short while later in hospital with stab injuries.
Nottinghamshire Police said he died in hospital and appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
Aqib Mazhars heartbroken grandfather paid tribute to his grandson saying: ‘He was a working lad, he would just go about his business, he never really bothered anyone or had been in any trouble before.’
‘He was a very friendly sort of chap, he always got along with his family, with his brothers and sister have never had any problems with him – it’s just one of those unfortunate things that this incident has happened.’
‘It’s very difficult to even come around to terms that we have lost someone. To replace his life is very difficult. It’s so hard to explain what we’ve lost.’
The Jamia Masjid Sultania mosque in Sneinton, who Aqib was a regular visitor at, posted on facebook: “Our prayers go out to Aqib Mazhar from Forest Fields who passed away last night after being attacked on Russell Road with a knife.
‘May Allah swt make it easy on his family during this difficult time.’
A witness said there were several young men in three cars, which all stopped in the street.
‘They were throwing bricks, they had poles,” she said.’
She dialled 999 at about 20:35 BST and went to try to help.
‘As I turned him onto his side all the blood just [went] all over the pavement,’ she said.
A 23-year-old man was arrested late Thursday afternoon.
A 21-year-old man was also arrested later that day and an 18-year-old was arrested on Friday morning.
Police said more than 80 officers were involved in the murder investigation.
The community has welcomed a massive random police stop and search operation in the area after the death of Aqib Mazhar in a bid to crackdown on youngsters carrying weapons.