Double murder victims seen 'laughing and joking' hours before stabbing

Aaron Carriere

Josiah Manful

Floral tributes to the men in Montague Road, Leytonstone

The men were in BBQ Express, Wanstead, the night before the murder

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The manager of a takeaway said two men who were fatally stabbed on Saturday were seen “laughing and joking” hours before they were murdered.

Shah Zaib, manager of BBQ Express in High Street, Wanstead, said Aaron Carriere, 21, and Josiah Manful, 20, who were stabbed in Montague Road, Leytonstone, were “two of my best customers".

It is believed a group of at least five attackers, who were reportedly wielding knives and baseball bats, attacked the men while they were in a black Ford Fiesta, stabbing them both several times in the early hours of Saturday.

Both men were churchgoers and lived in Leytonstone. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Zaib said: “I knew them – they were here on Friday night. They were very good customers and very calm people.

“They were some of my best customers. They were just here, laughing and joking.

“They came here and had dinner and then left, like always. We don’t know what customers do the rest of the time, all I know is I served them and they were nice people.

“It’s a sad situation.”

On Tuesday the takeaway tweeted: "Saddened to learn about the deaths of two of our regular customers. May their souls rest in peace."

Anyone who witnessed the event, or who may know why the men were murdered and who is responsible, is urged to come forward.

No arrests have yet been made.

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7:20am Fri 7 Mar 14

SillyCnut says...

Please don't try to portray these two as nice, innocent fellas. These people live by the sword and die by the sword.
Please don't try to portray these two as nice, innocent fellas. These people live by the sword and die by the sword. SillyCnut
  • Score: -5

8:19am Fri 7 Mar 14

Leytonstonia says...

You're certainly living up to your name, SillyCnut.
You're certainly living up to your name, SillyCnut. Leytonstonia
  • Score: 10

9:36am Fri 7 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

SillyCnut wrote:
Please don't try to portray these two as nice, innocent fellas. These people live by the sword and die by the sword.
You should accept these victims as such until anything to the contrary emerges unless you know otherwise in which case you should go and tell the police not this forum.
[quote][p][bold]SillyCnut[/bold] wrote: Please don't try to portray these two as nice, innocent fellas. These people live by the sword and die by the sword.[/p][/quote]You should accept these victims as such until anything to the contrary emerges unless you know otherwise in which case you should go and tell the police not this forum. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

3:33pm Fri 7 Mar 14

answer= says...

Would they not be late for mass if there up to 1am in the morning.????????????
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Would they not be late for mass if there up to 1am in the morning.???????????? ???? answer=
  • Score: 1

6:55pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Leytonstonia wrote:
You're certainly living up to your name, SillyCnut.
Helen reckons he is Silly Canute!
[quote][p][bold]Leytonstonia[/bold] wrote: You're certainly living up to your name, SillyCnut.[/p][/quote]Helen reckons he is Silly Canute! Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

11:46am Sat 8 Mar 14

G_Whiz says...

Everyone still seems shocked that this kind of thing happens. But what do people expect when it's still cool to carry knives! and still cool to hate the Police!
No one wants to tackle the problems head on and instead make excuses, blame poverty etc!
The reality, there is poverty all over the country - but the knives are so much more popular in London!
Everyone still seems shocked that this kind of thing happens. But what do people expect when it's still cool to carry knives! and still cool to hate the Police! No one wants to tackle the problems head on and instead make excuses, blame poverty etc! The reality, there is poverty all over the country - but the knives are so much more popular in London! G_Whiz
  • Score: 3

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