These 23 murders in London in 2017 remain unsolved*. Can you help?
Jonathon McPhillips, 28, was stabbed in the chest during a fight between two groups of youths in Upper Street, Islington, in the early hours of 25 February 2017. The father-of-two died four days later in hospital. Michael Dyra, 22, (29.12.95) of Hoxton, was charged with murder but the prosecution dropped the case on the day he was due to stand trial. Police offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Call the incident room on 020 8345 3775.
David Adegbite, 18, was shot in the head in St Ann’s, Barking, at 7.09pm on 19 March 2017. The former college student was attacked as he cycled through the housing estate. Call the incident room with information on 020 8345 3715.
Malachi Brooks, 21, was stabbed to death in the street in a revenge gang attack on 28 March 2017. He was walking home along Surrey lane in Battersea when a car pulled up and three masked men got out and attacked him shortly after 1am. Mr Brooks, a carpenter from Battersea, suffered a fatal stab wound to the heart and was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.55am. The stolen Red Nissan Micra used to drive the killers to and from the scene was abandoned and set on fire. Evidence heard in court proceedings suggested Mr Brooks was targeted by members of the Tooting Trap Stars (TTS) gang as part of a long-running feud with the Battersea-based Stick-em Up Kids (SUK) which also claimed the lives of Lewis Elwin and Mahamed Hassan. On 2 September 2017 Joel Preddie, 20 (29.08.97) of Chantry Way, Mitcham, was charged with murder and arson but the charge of murder was later dropped.
Bjorn Brown, 23, was stabbed in Kelling Gardens, Thornton Heath, at around 8.33pm on 29 March 2017. He died in hospital five days later. No one has been arrested and detectives are trying to trace two suspects seen running away from the scene of the attack.
Ahmed Deen-Jah, 21, was stabbed to death at the BJ Wines off licence in Freemasons Road, Canning Town, at around 3.30pm on 2 April 2017. Six men were arrested on suspicion of murder but noone has been charged. Detectives appealed for information about a black Mercedes CLK220 registration KJ106 CCZ which was found burnt out later the same day. Contact the incident room on 020 8345 1570
Sixteen year-old Karim Samms was shot in the chest in Pier Parade, off Pier Road in North Woolwich at around 10.44pm on 7 April 2017. He was with friends in when two suspects approached the group and opened fire. Police believe the suspects were taken to and from the scene in a Nissan Juke, which was captured on CCTV.
contact the incident room on 020 345 3715.
Abdullah Hammia, 24, was stabbed in the heart in Melody Road, Wandsworth, at around 7pm on 25 April 2017. Police said he was attacked during an altercation with a group of males. Two men were charged with murder but the case was dropped before trial.
Call the incident room on 020 8721 4054.
Seun Isaiah McMillan, 23, was stabbed in the chest in Cowper Gardens, Southgate, at around 7.15pm on 2 May 2017. Detectives believe he was the victim of a targeted attack by a group arrived at the scene in cars as he sat on a wall with friends. A man was charged with murder but the case was discontinued before trial. Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4205.
Satnam Singh, 45, died in hospital on 23 May 2017, two months after being hit with a baseball bat in the street in Hayes. He had been walking with a friend along Atlee Road when he was attacked near the junction of Ayles Road at around 10.20pm on 6 March. The suspect was described as a white man who arrived at and left from the scene in a silver car. Call the incident room on 0208 358 0200.
Mohanna Abdhou, 20, was hit by a ricocheting bullet during a suspected gang shooting in Kilburn at around 8.54pm on 26 May 2017. She was talking to friends near Dickens House in Malvern Road when two men approached the group on bicycles and opened fire. Three suspects were charged with murder but were cleared of all charges at trial. The prosecution claimed that Mohanna was shot by members of the Harrow Road Boys (HRB), who were involved in ‘tit for tat’ violence with the ‘Killy’ or ‘SK’ from the South Kilburn Estate.
Mahad Ali, 18, was stabbed to death at a party in East Acton on 29 June 2017. Police were called to reports of a fight at the ‘West Wednesday’ Eid celebration in a warehouse in Coronation Road at 2.35am. Mr Ali, a college student and boxer from Crouch End, was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 4.33am. A post-mortem confirmed the cause of death was stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. A man was charged with murder but the case was discontinued before trial.
Joshua Bwalya, 16, was chased by a groups of youths on bicyces and stabbed to death on a traffic island at the junction of Movers Lane and Ripple Road in Barking at around 1am on 2 August 2017. He was about to study business at college and played football with Barking FC’s youth team. Two teenagers were charged with murder but the case was discontinued due to lack of evidence in October 2017.
Cafer Aslam, a 54-year-old cafe owner, was found shot dead at the junction of Westminster Road and Bounces Road in Enfield at around 9.10pm on 23 August 2017. The suspect is believed to have used a stolen Grey Audi Q5 which was burnt out in the Forty Hill area of Enfield forty minutes after the murder. Detectives are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction and have appealed for information about a man seen carrying petrol cans in the area. Contact the incident room on 020 8345 3985.
Patrick Oyeri, 29, was stabbed to death during a fight in Rosebery Road, Hounslow, at around 3.35pm on 4 September 2017. Two men were charged with murder but the case was dropped before trial and they were convicted and jailed for the lesser offence of violent disorder. Call the incident room on 020 8721 4054.
Corey Junior Davis, 14, was shot dead at a playground in Forest Gate on 4 September 2017. The teenager was attacked as he socialised with friends in Moore Walk at around 3.08pm. He was shot in the head at close range and a 17 year-old boy suffered potentially life-changing injuries to his leg. Corey, who had been staying at his grandfather’s flat nearby, died in hospital at 10.01pm the following day. Detectives said Corey was being targeted by ‘older, hardened gang members who wished to draw him more fully into their world.’ They appealed for information about a stolen a metallic grey 2011 Range Rover Sport HSE TDV6 seen leaving the scene at around 3.15pm. Contact the incident room on 020 8345 3775
Jude Gayle, 30, was stabbed to death in an alleyway off Dunelm Grove, West Norwood, at around 5.39pm on 24 September 2017. The father-of-two had been preparing an evening meal for family members before driving to a nearby corner shop on the junction of Dunbar Street and Norwood High Street. He was stabbed as he left the shop. Three men were acquitted of murder by an Old Bailey jury in April 2018 after a trial. Their defence to the charge was that they were innocent bystanders. Police are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Jude’s mother, Pett Roach said: “The past two years have been very difficult for us. I have just accepted that Jude will not be coming back from the shop. He is gone. No one can bring him back. We are left to pick up the pieces and continue with our lives. All I can hope for and all I want is justice, no more, no less. I want those responsible for killing my son, convicted and served the maximum penalty.” Jude’s partner Rachel Goodchild said: “Through the careless actions of others I’ve been forced into bringing up our children alone and I owe it to them and to the memory of Jude to get justice. So I am pleading from the deepest part of me please if you or anybody you know has any information no matter how big or small please help with the ongoing investigation. We need new compelling evidence, help us get JUSTICE FOR JUDE!” Call the incident room on 020 8721 4961.
Adetokunbo Jordan Ajobo, 21, was stabbed to death in North Woolwich on 8 November 2017. Police and paramedics were called to Pier Road at around 8.10pm. Jordan was pronounced dead at hospital at 9.30pm. A post-mortem confirmed the cause of death was a stab wound. The Metropolitan Police is still appealing for help tracing Cristiano Filipe, 21, in connection with the murder investigation.
Moosakhan Nasiri, 20, was stabbed to death at a park in East Ham on 15 October 2017. Mr Nasiri, who came to the UK in 2015 as a refugee from Afghanistan, was attacked in Plashet Park at around 4pm.Police and paramedics were called to the scene near the Shrewsbury Road entrance at 4.07pm but he was pronounced dead at the scene.The post-mortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart. Jurors heard the evidence indicated that the fatal stab wound was inflicted by Javid Ahmadzai, who fled the country after the attack and is still wanted by police. Four men aged between 16 and 25 were cleared of murder in May 2018 following a trial at the Old Bailey. The prosecution claimed Moosakhan was attacked because he owed £10 for some drugs.
Michael Jonas, 17, was chased and stabbed to death in Penge on 2 November 2017. He was attacked by a group of males on bicycles as he walked through Betts Park at 7.22pm. Michael, from Penge, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 8.15pm. A post-mortem confirmed the cause of death as stab wounds to the chest and haemorrhage. The case remains unsolved after murder charges against six suspects aged between 14 and 18 were discontinued on 15 January 2018. On 2 May 2018 the Metropolitan Police launched a fresh appeal for witnesses and offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible.
Kacem Mokrane, 18, died four days after being stabbed during a fight in Walthamstow. He was attacked in Mount Pleasant Road at around 11.15pm on 16 November 2017 and died in hospital of multiple organ failure on 20 November. Seven men were arrested but noone has been charged. Call the investigation room on 0208 345 3775.
Piotr Woroniecki, 32, was found lying dead on Parma Crescent, Clapham Junction, at around 5am on 23 November 2017. A special post-mortem established that the cause of death was compression to the neck, consistent with being held in a headlock for a prolonged period of time. CCTV captured several men trying to gain entry to his flat in Clapham Common Northside both before and after the discovery of his body. Police believe the murder is linked to organised crime. Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4054.
Alex Vanderpuye, 23, was stabbed in the chest in Christie Road, Hackney, at around 4.45pm on 7 December 2017. Witnesses said he was attacked by a man – who appeared to know the victim – suddenly after a short conversation. The motive is unknown. An inquest recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.
Taofeek Lamidi, 20, was stabbed in the heart in the street in Memorial Avenue, West Ham, at around 7.37pm on New Years Eve 2017. Call the incident room on 020 8721 4005.
*Unsolved as in nobody has been convicted or is awaiting trial for murder. This list does not include ‘lawful’ homicides such as those carried out in self defence.