Case: Shot during London Riots: Trevor Ellis
Trevor Ellis
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Father-of-four Trevor Ellis, 26, was shot dead during the 2011 London riots.

He was attacked by a gang of nine looters after a car chase in Croydon, south London on Monday, August 8,  2011.

Mr Ellis, from Brixton Hill, was found with a gunshot wound to the head in a dark-coloured hatchback at the junction of Duppas Hill Road and Warrington Road at around 9.20pm. hE died in hospital the following day.

Fourteen men have been arrested during the inquiry but the murder remains unsolved.

In March 2014 Trevor's mother Joy Sanderson said: 'It’s been two years and seven months since the murder of my son. I never thought in a million years that I would get that dreaded phone call, or the knock on the door, to say that your son has been shot dead. Nothing can explain that moment in time. I kept asking ‘why?’ and felt utter disbelief at his brutal murder.

'Trevor’s murder was even harder because this all happened when all the rioting was going on, the murderer made my sons life insignificant.

'His life has not been portrayed as important as the building and material things, things that in time to come can be replaced. Some people have said that it serves him right for being out there, if only he had said no to his "friends" for picking him up and diverting him from his way home.

'But no matter where he was that does not give anyone the right to take his life. For many he is only just another black man taken off the streets. Thanks to the murderers there’s no need for racist killings, because we are killing ourselves and all they have to do is sit back and watch us kill each other.

'How can you live with yourselves knowing that you have killed someone, taking a life that’s not yours to take? WHY? I know on that awful night of my son’s murder it was witnessed by three car loads of people. What are you all doing by keeping you mouths shut?

'You are all no better than the murderers; he could have been your family member. You have destroyed many lives, taking him away from his children, family and everyone who loved him. Its impossible for me to tell his children that in time we can rebuild him back, there is no hope or possibility of ever seeing their father again, no amount of money in the world can bring him back.

'I wish to appeal to anyone who was there on that night, who might have seen something before, during or after Trevor’s murder to please come forward and help take these people off the streets.'

Detectives are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the persons responsible for the murder.

Officers are also appealing to anyone who may still have video footage of the events in Croydon from the night of 8 August 2011.

Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway of the Homicide & Major Crime Command said: 'Trevor Ellis’ family not only have to suffer the continued grief of losing their loved one in such a violent manner but they also have to deal with the frustration that there probably are a number of individuals out there who know who shot Trevor, but have not come forward and spoken to the police.

'Trevor was murdered on a night where Croydon saw unprecedented levels of violence and disorder. There were a lot of people on the streets and many were filming on mobile telephones and tablets. Whilst we have exhausted all CCTV avenues we have not ruled out that someone may have captured additional footage of Trevor’s killer(s) looting in the moments shortly before they returned to Scarbrook Road.

'I am hopeful that in the time that has passed since Trevor’s death allegiances may have shifted for some people and they may now wish to speak to us about what they know. I would urge them to come forward and would like to assure them that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.'

A Facebook page was set up under the name 'RIP Trevor Ellis - the first victim of the London Riots 2011'

Contact the incident room on 0208 721 4005. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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