These 12 murder cases in London remain unsolved. Can you help bring the killers to justice?
Drekwon Patterson, 16, was found stabbed near Preston Road station in Wembley at around 11.30pm on 18 February.
He died in hospital at 9am the next morning.
Police appealed for information about a black Ford Mondeo reg YR54 NHN which was seen on CCTV driving away from the scene.
The car was found burnt out in Silver Jubilee Park in Kingsbury on 19 February.
DCI Richard Leonard said “I need to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information about this tragic murder – if you know anything that may be significant, please get in touch.
“In particular, I need to find out more information about a car – a black Ford Mondeo, – which was seen on CCTV driving away from the scene and found burnt out in Silver Jubilee Park, NW9 on 19 February.
“I believe this car was used in an initial attempt to injure Drekwon in a collision on Preston Road. After the Mondeo had been driven at him, Drekwon ran away and was chased by four suspects who had got out of the car, before being caught and fatally stabbed.
“We have to yet to establish who was using this Mondeo in the days leading up to the murder, and I am appealing for anyone who may have seen it to get in touch.”
Call the incident room on 020 8721 4622 or provide information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Abubakar Jah, 18, was shot and stabbed in Coolfin Road, Canning Town, at around 2.45pm on 26 April.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and a postmortem gave the cause of death as knife and gunshots wounds.
Abubakar, also known as Junior, was the brother of Ahmed Jah, who was stabbed to death at the age of 21 in nearby Freemasons Road in April 2017. Junior had also been stabbed two weeks before he was murdered, according to the Newham Recorder.
Police said Junior was approached by someone in a Land Rover Discovery and shot with a shotgun before being stabbed.
The car was later found burnt out at Routemaster Close, Plaistow. It had been stolen on 21 April with a registration plate starting BX18 but at the time of the murder had the false plates false plates reading YH18 XLD.
DCI Mark Wrigley said: “We believe those who brutally murdered Junior travelled to the location in this vehicle and then shot him from inside of it before stabbing him and driving away.
“We are asking anyone who saw this vehicle in the Newham area between 21 April and 26 April to come forward and speak to us.”
Seven people were arrested but nobody has been charged.
To provide information call the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A 78-year-old man was found unresponsive at an address in Jamaica Road, Bermondsey, Southwark, at around 11.55am on 12 May. He was pronounced dead at the scene and a postmortem gave the cause of death as a head injury.
Police confirmed they were treating it as a homicide but have not named the victim at the request of the family. Nobody has been charged.
A man in his 20s was shot near Turnpike Lane and Willoughby Road in Hornsey, Haringey, at around 1.10am on 28 May. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.55am.
Police said they have not released his identity at the request of the family.
Nobody has been charged.
Matthias Poleon, 27, was shot on his doorstep in Bedford Hill, Balham, at around 10.50pm on 17 June.
He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 11.36pm. A postmortem gave the cause of death as gunshot wound to the chest.
Police said Matthias was leaving his home when he was shot by two suspects wearing facemasks.
The suspects then left in a grey VW Golf and police issued an image of the vehicle during a public appeal for information.
DCI Katherine Goodwin said: “Matthias was horrifically and brutally shot at his front door and left to die in the doorway. Friends and members of the public rushed to help him, as his killers fled the scene in a VW Golf that we believe to be the vehicle pictured.
“I implore anyone who saw this vehicle in the area around the time of the incident to contact us, no matter how insignificant your information may seem, please get in touch, it could be vital to our investigation.
“Anyone who has information but is reluctant to share it with police should consider that the people who committed this murder are violent criminals who have ended a man’s life and devastated a family. It is vital that they are apprehended.”
Call the incident room on 0208 785 8244 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Mehmood Shamshi, 61, was assaulted in Staines Road, Hounslow, at around 10.30pm on 17 August.
He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died in the early hours of 21 August. A postmortem gave the cause of death as a head injury.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder but nobody has been charged.
DCI Katherine Goodwin said: “I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area, including drivers who may have any dash cam footage, of Staines Road near to the junction of Cromwell Road on 17 August between 10:30pm and 11:30pm, who may have seen anything suspicious.”
Frank McKeever, 61, was last seen alive at around 10pm on 28 August, when he was walking along Highbury Park, close to the junction of Highbury Grange.
He has not been in contact with family or friends since then and has not used his phones or bank accounts. He was reported missing on 9 September.
His disappearance is being investigated by homicide detectives and a man and woman were arrested on suspicion of murder but nobody has been charged.
DCI Jim Eastwood, Specialist Crime, said: “Although no body has been found, the disappearance of Frank McKeever is being treated as a suspected homicide. I want to hear from anyone who has information relating to Frank’s disappearance or thinks they may have seen him since 28 August. He was last seen wearing a black bomber jacket, black top, dark trousers and black shoes.”
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of our brother Frank McKeever who has been missing since 28 August, please contact the police urgently as his loved ones are all extremely concerned for his welfare and will support him with whatever help he needs.Statement from family of Frank McKeever
To provide information call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Alex Ajanaku, 18, was shot on Beaumont Road, Leyton, at around 1.29am on 1 September.
He was pronounced dead at 2.28am and a postmortem confirmed the cause of death was a gunshot wound.
Police said he had attended an unlicensed music event on the Beaumont Estate earlier that night and was sitting on a bench with friends when the shots were fired.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: “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, 31 August. 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.”
To provide information call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Chino Johnson, 27, was shot in Ferrey Mews, Brixton, at around 8.57pm on 12 September.
He was pronounced dead a short time later. A 29-year-old woman also suffered gunshot wounds and a 26-year-old woman suffered superficial injuries.
Police believe two suspects rode into Ferrey Mews on a moped before opening fire on a group of people socialising outside.
The suspects then fled on the moped in the direction of Bennett Road and Dora Way. The moped is described as light coloured – either white or silver – with a large black square box mounted on the rear and an L plate hanging down. It is believed to be either a Yamaha NX or a similar model.
DCI Vicky Tunstall said: “I would like to hear from anyone who saw the moped we believe was used. Did you see it being driven with two people on either directly before or after 21:00hrs on Sunday? Have you seen it discarded since or hidden somewhere in the local area? There will be people in this community who know those responsible for Chino’s murder. I would urge them to come forward, to speak to my team – in confidence – and to help us make that vital breakthrough in our investigation.”
A man was arrested at Heathrow airport but nobody has been charged.
To provide information call the incident room on 020 8721 4622.
Leroy Mitchell, 35, was shot in a car park in Birdhurst Road, Croydon, shortly before 5am on 2 October. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the father-of-three had attended a silent disco at an address in Birdhurst Road before the shooting and appealed for witnesses to come forward.
A £20,000 reward for information was offered by the independent Crimestoppers charity.
DCI Katherine Goodwin said: “Officers would like to speak to anyone who was at that party, which is believed to be a silent disco. Even if you do not think you saw or heard anything significant, please contact police if you were there.
“Leroy was a popular local man and his family and friends have been left absolutely devastated by his death. I also want to appeal for any witnesses, anyone with information or anyone who may have relevant dashcam or other footage to please get in touch.”
Leroy was a beautiful soul, hardworking, with a zest for life. He cherished his family and friends. He was loved by so many people, and his death will be felt for a long time to come. Leroy was a hard working family man and devoted father of three children. He had a big family and a big heart, always looked after his Mum and always tried to bring the family together.
He was about to start a new job as a Royal Mail lorry driver, the Monday after he was murdered. Leroy never missed football training with his son and also took the son of a friend who had lost his wife. He loved all those that he surrounded himself with. His family and friends were the most important aspect of Leroy’s life.
He was someone always happy to help, he always strived to make a change to others life. Leroy touched the hearts of everyone he met. Leroy had such a bright future ahead, seeing his children grow and blossom into strong, positive independent adults. It’s heart wrenchingly difficult as a family to think this has been ripped away from us all. He will be missed terribly.Statement by Leroy’s family
Appealing for witnesses to come forward, the family added: “I want to direct this message to whoever is responsible for killing my son: You know who you are. You have broken dozens of people’s hearts. Your actions have left a mark on my entire family. To the Croydon community, and anyone who has information about what happened to my son, whilst the person or people responsible for Leroy’s death are free, there should be no silence on the streets.”
To provide information call the police on 020 8785 8244 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Riccardo Holness, 42, was assaulted in High Street, Beckenham, at around 1.22am on 17 October.
He was taken to hospital in a critical condition but died on 12 November. A postmortem gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.
A 26 year-old man was arrested but nobody has been charged.
DI Dave Blair said: “We would ask anyone who witnessed the assault or who has any information to contact us as soon as possible.”
To provide information call police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Ian Gualavisi, 23, was stabbed at the restaurant he managed in Maldonado Walk off Hampton Street near Elephant and Castle, south London, at around 7.46pm on 14 December.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. A postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the back.
DCI Chris Wood said: “Ian had recently taken on running a family-owned restaurant where he worked and had a life full of opportunity ahead of him. Instead, he has been tragically taken from his family, and they will never be able to celebrate any more milestones like this achievement with him.
“Ian was born in London and was of Ecuadorian heritage and the restaurant he worked in was popular with the Latin American community. I am convinced that there are people within this community that have vital information regarding Ian’s murder.
“I would therefore appeal directly to anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to us. No matter how insignificant it may seem to you, it could be vital to our investigation and giving Ian’s family the answers they deserve.”
Our pain will never go away. He was only 23 years old, and he was murdered in the most horrific way. He was a young man who loved to cook. Customers never had anything but praise for his culinary skills, kindness and his respectful attitude towards them. Our restaurant will never be the same for us as a family, or for our regular customers. Before we can start to come to terms with this, we need the police to find the people responsible for this cruelty. We therefore ask that anyone with information about Ian’s killers, no matter how small, contact the policeFamily statement
Two men were arrested but nobody has been charged.
To provide information contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.