Mohamed Hersi, 40, had been attacked while drinking tea in Bethel Cafe in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park. He was attacked when he complained about players jumping the queue for a snooker table. A fight broke out as a result and he was hit with a metal chair, fell to the floor and hit his head.
Police were called to the cafe at around 10pm on Tuesday and found Hersi with “life-threatening” injuries. They launched a murder investigation when Mohamed, died in hospital on Wednesday, November 29.
The deceased recently quit his job as a London hotel kitchen porter to care for his elderly father.
His wife, Barlin Ali, 36, said: “He was the best husband and father you could ask for.”
She added: “It is vitally important that anyone who saw what happened comes forward because the person who did this should not be on the streets. No other family should suffer this. Please come forward if you know anything and speak to police. We want justice for Mohamed because I have lost such a loving man.”
The Met Police has appealed for witnesses to come forward. Detectives said no arrests have been made so far.
Hersi’s sister-in-law, Mariam Ali, 37, said: “Mohamed was a peaceful man. He would always say to us to not worry and ‘enjoy the moment’. Those were his favourite words. He was a lovely person and a good father. He was so happy around his children.”