These 21 homicide cases from 2019 remain unsolved*. Can you help? Contact the police, or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.
Kamil Malysz, a 34 year-old Polish national, was found stabbed to death at a flat in Alfred Road, Acton, at 10.15am on 27 January. Police are appealing for information about suspect Patryk Makuch, also a 34 year-old Polish national, who is believed to have travelled to Europe. Call the incident room on 020 8785 8244.
Nedim Bilgin, 17, was stabbed in Caledonian Road, Islington, near the junction with Tilloch Street, at around 6.49pm on 29 January. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.15pm. Four males aged between 16 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of murder but no one has yet been charged. Appealing for information, DCI Mark Wrigley said: “We have had reports of people seen running around and on pedal bikes near Caledonian Road junction with Tilloch Street at around this time. Were you there? Did you see anything suspicious? Did you record footage before or after the attack or did have you vehicle’s dashcam on? We need to hear from you to help build a clearer picture of what happened.”
Nathaniel Armstrong, 29, was stabbed to death in Gowan Avenue, Fulham, on 16 March. Lovel Bailey, 29, was charged with murder but the case was discontinued due to insufficient evidence in June 2019.
Abdirashid Mohamoud, 17, was chased and stabbed to death in Union Lane, Isleworth, on 22 March.
Calvin Bungisa, 22, was chased and stabbed to death in Grafton Road, Kentish Town, on 1 April.
The suspects – four men dressed in black with their faces covered – ran back to Vicar’s Road and escaped in a dark coloured VW Bora.
The car – which had been stolen a few days before the murder – was found burnt out in Court Gardens near Highbury and Islington station.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell said the murder may be gang-related.
At the start of this investigation the community were excellent in helping us to pull together the events that led to the murder. However, naturally, with time, the flow of information is dwindling and we still have much work to do. No matter how insignificant you may think the information is, it could help us bring these killers to justice, give some peace to a grieving family and make a community safer. Sadly there remains the possibility that Calvin’s murder was gang related and if so, there is a good chance that there are a number of people who will know what happened that night, and more importantly, who is responsible. Specifically there were a group of young men who we know were with Calvin prior to his murder and we would very much like to speak with them. If you knew Calvin or if he was your friend, please consider doing the right thing. His mother, sister, brothers and grandmother, are grieving and need to know why he was killed.DCI Mark Cranwell, in a public appeal in August 2019
Six people were arrested but nobody has been charged. The Crimestoppers charity is offering a reward of £10,000 for information leading to a conviction.
Contact the police on 020 8721 4054 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Noore Bashir Salad, 22, was found shot and stabbed in Church Road, Manor Park, just before 9.30pm on 8 April. Noore, from Stratford, was pronounced dead at the scene. A postmortem found he died of a stab wound to the leg.
Police described the killing as “savage and intentional” and appealed for witnesses and information. In an early appeal, they said they believed Noore was approached by three men who fled towards Browning Road.
Ten men were arrested on suspicion of murder in the weeks following the attack but nobody has been charged.
Noore was brutally shot and stabbed in the street on this day last year and despite multiple arrests we have yet to charge the murderers. I am hoping that with the passing of a year, someone who didn’t feel they could speak to us as the time of the murder may now feel able to come forward. Noore’s murder was savage and intentional. The injuries inflicted were nothing less than catastrophic making it difficult for medics at the scene to even establish whether they were caused by a gun or a knife.
Eye witness accounts stated that the killers continued to attack him, even though he was mortally injured. The sheer brutality and mindlessness of the violence employed by those responsible makes it vital that they are identified, apprehended and placed before the courts.
If you have information please help us to remove these dangerous individuals from your community. So often people think that their information is not significant and won’t make a difference, but that is never the case. By gathering evidence and speaking with people at the time of the murder we have built a picture of events leading up to, and immediately following, Noore’s death. Could your information be a missing piece of our picture?Detective Sergeant Mike Herrick, speaking in April 2020
Call the incident room directly on 020 8345 3715 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Aron Kato, 28, was last seen being pushed into a BMW car on Ley Street, Ilford, shortly after 4.30am on 18 April. Police launched a murder investigation in July after failing to trace either him or the vehicle. A £10,000 reward for information was offered by the Crimestoppers charity.
Mohammed Shah Subhani, 27, was last seen alive on 7 May 2019.
At 1.45pm that day he arrived at Acton police station to collect property, including a set of number plates and two mobile phones. Police believe someone may have been under the mistaken impression he had also been handed back £3,800 in confiscated cash.
His white Audi Q3, registration LC67 CXS, was later caught on CCTV travelling from Actonto a business in Derby Road, Hounslow, where he was due to collect £5,000, at around 3pm. It left at 3.19pm but police do not believe Shah was driving and he was not seen leaving the premises.
Shah’s family reported him missing shortly before midnight, having not seen him since 12.30pm.
His Audi was recovered in Camden on 19 June following a police pursuit, but the three occupants evaded arrest. False plates had been fitted to the vehicle within one or two days of Shah’s disappearance.
In August 2019 police announced the disappearance was being treated as a murder inquiry.
Shah’s remains were found during a search of a woodland area near Hedgerley Lane, Beaconsfield, Bucks, in December.
A year on and the pain is still as fresh as it was when Shah first went missing. For 7 months we held on to hope and prayers that our beloved brother would return. But one day, we were told his body was discovered in an isolated woodland in Buckinghamshire and that day it was all over, our dreams were shattered, our hearts were broken, our brother had been snatched from us in the most brutal way.
We are still hopeful that we will get justice for him and put those monsters behind bars so they can never do anything so horrific to another being again, but we need your help, you may be a friend, a relative, a partner of someone who has brutally taken the life of another, it’s only humanly right to step up and help get justice for a mother and father who lost their 27-year-old son who had his whole life ahead of him, 6 loving siblings, a lifelong partner and a beautiful daughter who never got the opportunity to meet her father or experience his love, how unfair is that, you can help us, something so small may be something so significant. It only takes one phone call.Iqra Subhani, Shah’s sister
Detectives are appealing for information about a black BMW X5 seen in the area in the days after 7 May. It was stolen in Farnborough, Hampshire, on 8 February 2019 and given the cloned numberplate YC67 MFY. It was recovered in Hounslow on 3 August.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall said: “I still believe there are people out there who either have knowledge of what happened to Shah on the 7th May, or the days just after. I also believe there are people who may have seen suspicious activity in and around the Hedgerley Village area of Buckinghamshire, around that time. I would like to appeal to the hearts of the people with knowledge, first of all, and ask this direct question; ‘Can you live with this knowledge for the rest of your life?’ When he went missing Shah’s partner was expecting a baby and has now given birth to a little girl, who is now eight months old. Shah will never see his baby; his daughter will never know her father. Shah was also a brother, a son and an uncle to a close and loving family. Please don’t disregard this lightly – you could provide the final missing piece in this most tragic and challenging of investigations. You could make the difference. We will deal with whatever you tell us sensitively and in strictest confidence, you have nothing to fear and, be assured, it is the right thing to do.”
Detectives are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
Contact police on 101, or via Twitter @MetCC, quoting Operation Rockton, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
Ismaila Ceesay, 33, was stabbed in the abdomen during a fight in Warwick Road, Forest Gate, at around 1.15am on 28 May.
Eniola Aluko, 19, was shot dead in a car park in Hartville Road, Plumstead, at around 4.54pm on 14 June. His family said in a statement: “Eniola was a wonderful son who was looking forward to starting university later this year. He was good, kind and respectful and we are struggling to understand why he has been taken from us.”
Edward Simpson, 25, was shot dead at Exeter House on Water Mill Way, Feltham, at around 11.08pm on 21 June.
Amanda Gretton, 57, was found dead at garages in Prendergast Road, Blackheath, at around 5pm on 5 July.
She was last seen in the early hours of 15 May when CCTV captured her walking with another woman along Lawn Terrace in Blackheath. Staff members at her assisted living accommodation reported her missing later that day. Police said there are no known sighting of her after that until the discovery of her body.
The garages were known to be used by homeless people and for fly tipping and detectives are trying to identify a white van which was seen driving to and from the garages on 15 May. The occupants, a man and a woman, spoke to a man at the scene.
Detectives said Amanda Gretton had “injuries suggestive of third party involvement”, including fractures to her neck and nose. However the postmortem was unable to establish a cause of death.
In addition to establishing who was in the van, I need to speak with anyone who used those garages in Prendergast Road last year. They may have information that will be crucial to this investigation.DCI Richard Vandenbergh, Metropolitan Police
Call police with any information on 020 8721 4961.
Boluwatife Oyewunmi, 22, died in hospital on 11 July of cardiac arrest, pneumonia and brain injury caused by a gunshot wound. He had been shot in Lincoln Road, Enfield, more than two years earlier, at around 9.45pm on 5 April 2017. A murder investigation was launched following his death and five men remain under investigation.
Kye Manning, 19, was stabbed in the heart on Brighton Road, Purley, Croydon, at 9.10pm on 11 July.
Robert Komuro, 41, was found with serious head injuries on Gordon Road, Yiewsley, Hillingdon, shortly after 10pm on 23 July. He died in hospital at 1.49pm on 25 July.
Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela, 24, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Malden Road, Kentish Town, shortly before midnight on 8 September 2019.
Mr Varela, from Forest Gate, suffered a shotgun wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.10am on 9 September.
Police believe he was wrongly targeted by gang members in a case of mistaken identity. The killers are thought to have lain in wait with a moped in nearby Marsden Street.
After the shooting, the suspects drove away on the moped and were caught on CCTV heading straight to the Surr Street area of Holloway.
This was a senseless killing, and one which has shattered the lives of Wilson’s family and partner. A year on, they are still searching for answers. The pain is still there.
We know there are people out there who know who did this. We want to hear from anyone who might know anything – no detail is too small. It is not too late to do the right thing.
Wilson was a young man with a bright future ahead, but it was brutally snatched from him. Why would anyone protect someone capable of such cruelty?
There are people out there who either know why this happened or who was responsible but have, so far, chosen not to come forward. I would urge those people to come forward now.
Help us get a killer off the streets. If you know anything, do the right thing and call us before they harm someone else. Help us get justice for Wilson and his family.Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe
Two men remain under investigation by police but nobody has been charged.
The independent charity Crimestoppers are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Contact them on 0800 555 111.
Assad Abdullah Yarow, 25, was stabbed to death near Camden Town tube station on Camden High Street at around 11.10pm on 12 September.
Omar Smith, 34, suffered stab and head injuries during a fight at a chicken shop in Downham Way, Grove Park, Lewisham, at around 11.55pm on 13 September. He died in hospital on 14 September.
Zoe Orton, 46, was found dead at her flat in McMillan Street, Deptford, at 10am on 21 October.
There were no signs of a disturbance or entry having been forced to the property. She had suffered a single injury to the neck and a postmortem confirmed she had been strangled.
Detectives believe Zoe was murdered on or around 4 October but have ruled out robbery as a motive as nothing was stolen.
She was known to frequent Deptford and Woolwich to associate with local drinkers.
At around 4am on 1 October Zoe was captured on CCTV leaving Woolwich DLR station. She was last seen alive two days later but her phone records suggest she was still alive in the early hours of 4 October in Woolwich Town Centre.
This a terribly tragic case, with the victim killed in her own home for reasons we have as yet been unable to establish. Zoe led a chaotic lifestyle and though she lived alone, she often had individuals coming in and out of the property. We need to find the person who has done this and hold them to account; and I hope the added incentive of a significant reward will encourage anyone with information which could assist to come forward. Any details provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.Detective Inspector Steve Keogh
Police are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4961.
Justin Bello, 38, was found dead in a communal bin shed at the rear of premises in Lovett Way, Neasden, at 8.16am on 25 November.
The case was initially treated as unexplained but on 9 December police said they were investigating it as murder.
Detectives have chosen not to reveal the cause of death “for operational purposes” but have confirmed it is not thought to have been a stabbing or shooting injury.
Eleven people have been arrested during the investigation but no one has been charged.
It has been almost a year since so-called humans robbed us of our son, father, brother, uncle, nephew and friend in the most frightening and inhumane way imaginable. The tidal wave of pain their actions caused has almost destroyed the lives of so many people because Justin was truly loved by everyone who ever met him. Our family’s pain will never, ever go away, and we struggle on for our children because we must show them that justice exists in life.
So we must find the people who did this, find out why they thought they had the right to end our Justin’s loving, fulfilling and purposeful life. These people are still out there, living their lives among us in our communities, somewhere. There are people who know what happened, who know who did this or why – maybe it is you reading this right now, or, perhaps you are friends with people who talk about knowing things the police don’t, perhaps you have laughed with them, shared food with them all the while knowing or suspecting they may have the blood of a beautiful human smeared on their conscience. The question is: can you live with this knowledge, our Justin’s blood on yours?
Please, if you have any information or suspicions, however insignificant you feel it might be, if you loved Justin, if you didn’t know him but understand right from wrong, if you sympathise with this never-ending nightmare these people have put Justin’s family and loved ones through, then perhaps you agree we need to take these people off our streets before they do it again – and we pray next time it isn’t your family, your child, your brother. Please, call the police, even anonymously if you fear for your own safety, but please do not allow our family to continue having to live with this life-destroying silence from the community any longer. Please come forward, clear your conscience and help us to find these sickening excuses for humans before they think they’ve got away with it and do it again.Statement by the family of Justin Bello
To provide information, call the incident room on 020 8358 0400, police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Lee Styles, 39, was found suffering serious head injuries in Fishponds Park, Surbiton, shortly before 3pm on 18 December. He died in hospital on the afternoon of 19 December. Homicide detectives took over the investigation on 27 December and said they believed Lee had been assaulted. Two men were arrested and released on bail. Contact the incident room 020 8785 8244.
Note: Unsolved is defined here as meaning no suspect has been charged with or convicted of murder / manslaughter. ‘Lawful’ homicides (e.g. self defence) are not included.