The family of a teenager who was murdered in Walthamstow one year ago have made a moving plea for the public’s help as a new £20,000 reward for information is announced by police.
Amaan Shakoor, 16, was shot in Walthamstow on Monday, 2 April 2018 and died the following day in hospital, with his family by his side.
His family made an emotional appeal from New Scotland Yard this afternoon, Monday, April 1 ahead of the anniversary of his death.
Mohammed Shakoor and Haroon Suleman, Amaan’s father and uncle, are supported in the appeal by investigating officer Detective Inspector Darren Jones, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command.
The independent charity Crimestoppers previously announced a reward of £10,000 for information that would have led to the arrests and prosecution of those responsible for Amaan’s murder.
This has now expired.
However the Met is now offering £20,000 reward offered for information that leads to a conviction.
Police were originally called at approximately 10pm on Monday, 2 April 2018 to Markhouse Road, E17, to reports of shots fired.
Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and Amaan was found injured outside a leisure centre along with a 15-year-old boy.
They were both taken to an east London hospital where the 15-year-old boy was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
A post-mortem examination held on Friday, 6 April 2018 gave Amaan’s cause of death as gunshot injuries to the head.
Since the launch of the murder investigation by the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, two people have been arrested.
An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday, 9 April 2018, and was subsequently released under investigation.
A second man, aged 19, was arrested on Wednesday, 17 April on suspicion of murder. He was also released under investigation.
Tomorrow, Tuesday April 2, officers will be in the area, talking to residents and carrying out further enquiries.
Detective Inspector Darren Jones of the Homicide and Major Crime Command team based in Barking, said:
“We believe Amaan was the victim of a targeted attack, with the chief suspects being two teenage males.
“Amaan was on the brink of an exciting time of his life and was a member of a close knit, loving family.
“It is our understanding that Amaan was on the periphery of activity linked to gangs, and we believe his death may be linked to this.
“It is important to talk about this element of the investigation, as we believe the key to solving his murder is held by those he may have had links with through gang activity, whether this was directly, or indirectly.
“Nothing excuses or justifies the taking of a life, and Amaan’s death is a tragedy. At only 16 years old, he was callously shot in the head at close range and these individuals must be caught and removed from our streets.
“Our team in the Homicide and Major Crime Command have pursued this investigation with determination and we remain undeterred in our belief that his killers will be found.
“A £20,000 reward is now available for anyone who can provide information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for Amaan’s murder.
“I understand people may be concerned about coming forward, but please be reassured that there are measures we can take to protect and support you.
“This brutal act has taken a promising young life and caused untold pain to a family who will never cease to feel the loss of Amaan.
“If you know anything about this case, no matter how small, please call us.
“Any information will be treated in complete confidence and could be vital in bringing Amaan’s killers to justice.”
In a statement, Amaan’s family said:
“On 2 April 2018, Amaan was tragically taken away from us. He left home around 21:00hrs to see his friends outside the Kelmscott Leisure Centre. He was approached by two hooded boys who shot him at close range.
“He suffered injuries to the head and passed away around 17:46hrs on 3 April 2018.
“I will never forget those words as long as I live ‘Amaan has been shot.’ I find it hard to remember a lot after that. It all seemed to happen so quickly. Going to the scene, being at the hospital, talking to the doctors, family and friends arriving at the hospital, being told there was no hope, being told that my beautiful son was surely going to die.
“We love Amaan very much and almost a year later we are struggling to carry on with life without him. Every day is a constant reminder of how much he meant to us and how much we all miss him. Although we accept that God gives and takes life, as human beings we find it hard to part with a 16-year-old child who had so much to live for.
“Our lives have totally changed forever by those individuals who had no regard for life and the devastating impact it would have on Amaan’s entire family. Grandparents, parents, brother, sisters, uncles, aunties and cousins.
“We have been handed a life sentences due to the senseless murder of our beloved child. Amaan was still a child, he came from a good family and raised with endless amounts of love and affection.
“He had a stable family and good home. He was an innocent victim of a despicable and brutal crime.
“Our family will only gain some peace when the murderers of our beloved Amaan are serving a life sentence. Anyone who knows anything about what happened, however small please contact the police either directly or indirectly via Crimestoppers.
“We are taking one day at a time remembering Amaan through all the beautiful moments we shared with him over the past 16 years. We pray that God takes good care of our Amaan, who will be in our hearts forever, and gives us the strength to get through this difficult time. We still visit his grave nearly every day searching for some peace, answers and pray our son is resting in peace.
“There is a significant reward for information leading to a conviction, contact the police or Crimestoppers.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 1570 or via 101 quoting reference 6727/02APR2018. You can also Tweet information to @MetCC.
To give information anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.
CCTV footage (not previously released by the Met):
White Hyundai ix35 speeds away from Queens Road on the night of the murder. This was later found burnt out in Bourbon Road, E17, on April 4. Vehicle is believed to be linked to Amaan’s murder.
Suspect runs across leisure centre car park with shotgun after murder.
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