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£10,000 reward offered a year on from murder of man from Forest Gate

Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela was killed in September last year (credit: Met police)

A £10,000 reward is being offered for information on the murder of a 24-year-old man from Forest Gate on the first anniversary of his death.

Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela was killed in a drive-by shooting in Kentish Town, late on Sunday, 8 September 2019, in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity.

He was found in Malden Road with a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe, of the Specialist Crime Command, said: “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 a shotgun was used. We know the offenders made off on a moped. We have tracked them on CCTV from the murder scene straight to the Surr Street area of Holloway.

“Were you there? Did you hear or see anything suspicious? Did you see a moped matching the description making off? Did you see the moped and riders waiting in Marsden Street by Malden Road? 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.”

Crimestoppers is offering the reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for Wilson’s murder.

London Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, Alexa Loukas said: “It’s been one year since Wilson was murdered and we are appealing to anyone who has any information about what happened that night to come forward and help with this investigation.

“You may have a sense of loyalty but want to do the right thing.

“This is your chance to put things right, to speak up 100% anonymously and help Wilson’s family, who are devastated, to get the justice they so deserve.”

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers, completely anonymously, by calling the UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111 or using the website’s anonymous online form.

Alexa said: “No one will ever know your identity. We cannot trace your call or track your IP address and we never ask for or record any personal information.

“If you’re a young person, you can also report anonymously via Crimestoppers’ dedicated youth service by visiting Fearless.org.”

Two men were arrested in October last year on suspicion of murder.

They were released and remain under investigation.

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