A new appeal has been launched to find the killer of a teenager who was shot dead in an East London car park in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity. David Adegbite was just 18 years old when he was killed in Barking back in 2017, with police never able to find his murderers. Independent charity Crimestoppers has now launched a new appeal for information about his case offering a £20,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction.
David had been visiting friends on Sunday, March 19, 2017 when he was shot in a car park in the St Ann’s estate off Gascoigne Road in Barking. Emergency services, including local police, firearms officers and paramedics from London Ambulance Service all rushed to the scene at 7.10pm that evening where they found him with a gunshot wound. He was taken to hospital but died at 10.25pm.
Alexa Loukas, London Regional Manager at Crimestoppers, said: “There remain crucial questions over this appalling murder, which is why we are supporting the police to help find who was responsible for this young man’s killing.
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“An innocent victim, his family and friends along with the wider community need to see justice happen. Contact our charity completely anonymously by calling 0800 555 111, or fill in our simple and secure anonymous online form. Our charity supports people to speak up when they would otherwise stay silent. Now is your chance to do the right thing for David.”
In a statement, David’s family said: “Our son David left a vacuum in our heart and home since he departed from this world. We want to appeal to anyone who has information about the people responsible for his death to come forward.”
Detective Inspector Emma Sharp, who leads the investigation into David’s murder, said: “David was just visiting friends when he was shot. He was a popular and much-loved young man who had his whole life ahead of him and that has been cruelly taken from him. David’s family and friends have had their worlds turned upside down and we are determined to get justice for them and for David.
“I’m continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area of St Ann’s at around the time of David’s murder who saw anything suspicious to come forward. David’s killer is still out there – help us bring his family some closure by finding those responsible. If you know anything, please do the right thing and tell Crimestoppers what you know. The charity will keep you totally anonymous and pass it on to us.”
Crimestoppers guarantees that you will stay 100% anonymous when you contact them via freephone 0800 555 111 or through their website crimestoppers-uk.org. The reward will only be payable for information passed directly to the charity and not the police – ask for a reward code when calling Crimestoppers. If you contact Crimestoppers online, you must use the `two-way’ communication facility, request a reward code and then log back in 24 hours later to get the code. You’ll be asked to check with the charity two months later with the reward code to see if there has been a positive result. More details are here.
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