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A dad-of-four was brutally stabbed to death in an alleyway after a row with a group of men.
Lee Baxter is feared to have got into an argument with the men before he suffered multiple stab wounds on Friday night.
The 34-year-old was today named by police as the man who was stabbed to death on a street in east London.
The dad was found by cops with several knife wounds at Southdown Crescent, Ilford, late on Friday evening.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at at around 10.30pm despite the efforts of emergency services.
Detectives believe he was stabbed in an alleyway after becoming embroiled in an argument with a group of men who later fled the scene.
Extensive enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of the incident, the Met confirmed.
A post-mortem examination found that Lee died from multiple stab wounds.
His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.
Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, borough commander for the East Area Command Unit, said: “My thoughts are with Lee's family, especially his children, at this sad time.
“I appreciate that this incident will, of course, be of concern to the local community.
"Please know that there is a dedicated team who are conducting extensive enquiries into what happened that night, and I know that they will be tireless in their efforts to track down those responsible.
“Local officers have been out on patrol to reassure the community and I encourage anyone who has a concern to speak to them."
Police were called at 21.28pm.
Officers attended and found a man suffering from a stab injury.
They provided first aid but, despite their efforts, and that of the London Ambulance Service, Mr Baxter was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101, tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 7789/09Oct.
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