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Police name teen, 18, shot dead while sitting with friends outside East London illegal rave


Police have named a teenager who was shot dead while sitting with his friends on a bench shortly after an illegal rave in East London.

Police rushed to Beaumont Road, Waltham Forest, at around 1.29am on Wednesday, September 1 after gunshots were heard in the area.

Alex Ajanaku, 18, was found by officers with serious injuries and given first aid until the arrival of London Ambulance Service paramedics, but he was pronounced dead around an hour later.

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His next of kin have been informed and the family are being supported by specialist officers.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Thursday, September 2 returned a preliminary cause of death of a gunshot wound.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, from the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Command, said the incident took place outside an unlicensed music event and confirmed a small group were “sitting on a bench when shots were fired”.

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He added: “This was a senseless attack on a young man who had the rest of his life ahead of him. My thoughts are with Alex’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“We have a team of officers dedicated to finding those responsible and I would urge anyone who had information that could help the investigation to contact us immediately.

“We believe Alex had been at an unlicensed music event on the Beaumont Estate on the evening of Tuesday, August 31. The majority of people had left the area by the time of the incident, but a small group remained and a were sitting on a bench when shots were fired.

“There is no place for gun crime on the streets of London and the Met is committed to removing firearms from the streets. We cannot do this alone and need the support of the community to share information and report concerns to help keep us all safe.”

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He was bailed pending further enquiries to a date later in September.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 436/01Sep. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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