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A CHARITY is offering a £10,000 reward for witnesses who help to identify the killer of a young man from Basildon.
Dwayne Forrester, 21, was stabbed in the chest in Little Garth, near Pitsea Road, on the evening of Saturday, July 7, 2018.
He was transported to hospital, where he died a short while later.
Despite repeated public appeals, police have not caught Mr Forrester’s killer.
The Crimestoppers charity said this had left Mr Forrester’s mother, father, sister and Olympic hopeful brother without closure.
It also warned: “Whoever attacked Dwayne could do the same again.”
The charity has now offered a reward of up to £10,000 for anyone who provides information ‘which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible’.
The organisation guarantees total anonymity to its informants, saying it will never attempt to identify them.
It said in a statement: “Everyone who contacts Crimestoppers charity stays 100 per cent anonymous. Always. We’ve kept this promise for over 31 years.”
Crimestoppers spokesman Phil Breckon said: “Our charity believes everyone has the right to feel safe from crime, wherever they live. A young man has lost his life senselessly and his family are still desperate for answers.
“We are well aware that some people are reluctant to speak to the authorities directly about what happened, which is why we are reaching out to those who haven’t come forward.
“You may want to do the right thing for Dwayne, but haven’t spoken up yet. Our charity is here for you and guarantees that you will stay completely anonymous if you tell us what you know.”
Mr Forrester was described after his death as a young man with a ‘troubled past’, but who was also ‘loving, kind and patient’.
He had been given a three-year jail term in late 2016 for drug-dealing, after being caught with almost 250 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine at his then address in The Gore.
His family issued a statement at the time, saying: “Dwayne was a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle and nephew. He will be remembered by all of us as a loving boy who enjoyed being with his family and was patient and kind with his young nieces and cousins.
“We know Dwayne had a troubled past, but we will always remember that he wanted to do the right thing for people and help whenever he could. He always made time to cuddle his mum and dad.
“He loved his music, football and computer games and dreamed of being a train driver since he was very young.
“We ask if anyone has any information that they to speak to police so nobody else need suffer like we are.”
Investigating officer Stuart Truss said in July 2018 that he believed Mr Forrester’s stabbing had been ‘targeted’.
He said: “Regardless of the circumstances, attacks like this are completely unacceptable.”
*Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or contact the charity at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Only those who report information via Crimestoppers will be eligible for reward money.