A HERO dad who was allegedly stabbed to death by schoolchildren after helping a neighbour is the second tragedy to hit his family.
Good samaritan James Gibbon’s death comes six years after his brother tragically passed away unexpectedly six years ago.
James Gibbon’s death is the second to hit his family in six years[/caption]
The popular plumber rushed to the aid of a “victim” being attacked by schoolchildren[/caption]
James Gibbons, pictured, has been named locally as the man stabbed to death in Laindon on Sunday[/caption]
Locals said dad-of-four James, 34, was having a bank holiday barbeque with his family for his daughter’s birthday when he heard a row from his garden in Laindon, Essex.
The popular plumber rushed to the aid of the ‘victim,’ who it is believed was confronted by a gang of teenagers who were tearing round the estate on scooters and shouting.
As Mr Gibbons stepped-in to disperse the gang, he was caught in the fight and stabbed. He later died from his injuries.
Five school-aged teenagers – three males and two females, aged 13 to 16 – were arrested on suspicion of murder following the attack at 9.30pm on Sunday.
It’s not the first time his family has faced tragedy – as his brother Ashley, 26, died in 2015.
His family fundraised to raise awareness for the SUDEP charity, Sudden Unexplained Death Of someone with Epilepsy.
The 26-year-old was described as “loyal and a fantastic uncle”, who was “willing to help anyone” at the time of his death.
Family and friends have been paying tribute to James who is “with his brother now.”
Locals said Good Samaritan James Gibbons was attacked in Laindon, Essex, at 9.30pm on Sunday[/caption]
The dad-of-four was hosting a birthday party for one of his kids[/caption]
In a Facebook tribute, friend Kerri Goss wrote: “I have never known a family to have a bond that even comes close to theirs.
“That’s how I know you’ll get through this, forever looking out for each other, extending to friends that became family, never leaving one person not knowing how much they are loved and appreciated.
“They lived life to the fullest each and everyday, I feel blessed to have known their huge personalities, loved by the biggest hearts and felt the uniqueness they brought into the world.
“My thoughts are with all of your family, everyone will forever hold you in their hearts and cherish the memories you graced us with, rest in eternal paradise boys James, Ashley.”
Others paid tribute to him online, with Ash Smith writing: “The whole family were such a pleasure to know while we were growing up.
“It is such a huge, huge shame. The world has lost another absolute diamond. RIP.”
Kayleigh Bartholomew said: “In shock, a caring man till the end, that man a true gent sleep tight James Gibbons.
“You’re with your baby bro again now as much as it kills me to write that.
“Love you always thinking of your family forever in our hearts. Rest in perfect paradise boys.”
Kane Evans added: “Rest in peace my brother, gone but never forgotten. What a genuine man.”
‘LOVE YOU ALWAYS’
Danielle Nicholas wrote: “So heartbreaking, my head still can’t get round it. RIP to one of the kindest men I’ll ever have the pleasure of knowing. You’re with your brother now.”
Today in a statement, his family said: “James was an amazing father of four young children, engaged to his partner of 11 years, and was a loving and supportive son and brother.
“James was a hard-working family-orientated man, who ran his own bathroom fitting company and was looking forward to a positive future for him and his family.”
They added: “This tragedy occurred after he had spent the day celebrating his two-year-old twin girls’ birthday at home and we are absolutely broken beyond belief at this pointless loss which has had a devastating effect on us all.
“James was the kind of person who would always be prepared to help anyone less fortunate than himself, which is what he was doing on Sunday night.
“As a family we are urging anyone to come forward with any information that may help the police as they investigate James’ death in the hope we can get justice.”
In total, Cops have arrested five teenagers on suspicion of murder.
Two teenagers have been released on bail until May 28 while one teenager has been released on bail until May 25.
Today a neighbour of James told the Sun: “We heard that they were having a BBQ for his little girl’s birthday and there was some kind of row.
That started a fight and then the second man, who was stabbed, came out to try to calm it all down.”
“There were a gang of kids seen drinking around the estate all day making a nuisance of themselves.”
Another neighbour added: “The kids were going round on scooters, and I was told one person went out to ask them to keep it down.
“That started a fight and then the second man, who was stabbed, came out to try to calm it all down.”
Under a family picture of smiling Mr Gibbons cuddling his partner Victoria Billingham and their four children, a pal today wrote: “This breaks my heart.”
Floral tributes left at the scene described the tragic dad as “one in a million” and that he was taken too soon.
Tributes have been left at the scene in Essex today[/caption]
Heartbroken friends described him as “one of the kindest and most lovely people they’ve met”[/caption]
Cops today appealed for information, saying the senseless attack had left a “family broken apart”.
Det Ch Supt Steve Jennings said: “Our enquiries have led us to believe the victim was going to the aid of another man and, as a result, he lost his life during an altercation which ensued with a group of young people not directly known to him.
“It is a tragic loss of life and we are continuing to appeal for the public’s help.
“A family has been broken apart, and we need to get to the bottom of what happened.”.
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DCS Jennings added: “We are really keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen or heard anything happen in Iris Mews shortly before 9.30pm on Sunday.
“We are also keen to hear from anyone who has seen any discarded weapons in the area.
“If anyone knows anything about this murder and has not yet come forward to speak to us, please do.”
Essex Police said the man was going to the aid of another victim in Laindon[/caption]