A MURDER investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed in a vicious street brawl just hours after a gang armed with baseball bats attacked another victim nearby.
A 20-year-old man was beaten and stabbed by a gang in Batley, West Yorkshire, about 10pm on Sunday.
He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries. A man was later arrested on suspicion of murder.
Just over an hour earlier, two miles away, a man in his 30s was attacked by a gang wielding baseball bats and knives. The victim is now fighting for his life in hospital with a stab wound.
Kelly Gledhill wrote an emotional tribute to her son Brad, who she said was killed in the later stabbing.
"How does any Mum carry on living without her child? My heart is broken forever. RIP with the angels Brad, you will never know how much we loved you," she wrote on Facebook.
Leah Wisher said Mr Gledhill was her best friend, and that his death had broken her heart "into a million pieces".
"I love you and I will see you again! Scum of the earth some people! My poor best friend beaten and stabbed to death for what!? Because your life isn’t good enough! He didn’t deserve this! No one does! I miss you so much already mate! I love you," she posted on Facebook.
Danielle Forsyth, another friend of Mr Gledhill's, said news of his death came as an "utter shock".
"A great lad taken way too soon, from such violence as well. Rest easy lad, you'll be missed by so many," she wrote.
Three people have been arrested in relation to the earlier baseball bat attack, cops said.
Detective Inspector Di Johnson said: “We believe this was a targeted attack and enquiries remain ongoing. Our officers remain in the area today.
“I would ask anyone who has any information and has yet to speak to police to please contact officers.”
Cops said they don't believe the two attacks are linked.
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