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George Barker stabbing: Mum calls killers 'animals'

George Barker Image copyright Family handout
Image caption George Barker was stabbed outside a gym on Monday morning

The mother of a man who was stabbed outside a gym has described her son's killers as "animals".

George Barker, 24, was found fatally injured outside the Double K Gym in Stable Lane, Bexley, south-east London, at about 09:40 GMT on Monday.

The father of a week-old baby girl, Mr Barker, of South Darenth, Kent, died of stab wounds to his chest and abdomen, a post-mortem examination revealed.

Mother Julie Barker said: "They're just filth, animals, that's all I can say."

'Just terrible'

She added: "I don't know another word to say - inhuman, not human. I don't know."

She said many of his friends had laid flowers at the scene.

Image caption Friends said they would remember George Barker's "bright smile"

Ms Barker said: "He had so many friends. It's just terrible

"I've shook for the last three days."

Friend John Murray said: "He had this bright smile... the memories are just unreal."

James Faint, another friend, said: "Everyone around here, we're all in bits... it's a big shock to us all."

The Metropolitan Police said no arrests have been made.

Kieran Keddle, owner of the Double K Gym, said it would be "shut for a while".

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