Reward of £20,000 offered in unsolved 2017 Barking shooting investigation

A £20,000 reward is being offered for any information which leads to the conviction of those responsible for the fatal shooting of a teenager in Barking five years ago.

Crimestoppers, a charity totally independent of police, is offering up the reward to help solve the murder of David Adegbite.

VICTIM: David Adegbite was killed on March 19, 2017

David was just 18 years old when he was shot in a car park in St Ann’s, a residential estate situated off Gascoigne Road in Barking, at around 7.10pm on Sunday March 19, 2017.

He had been visiting friends when he was killed in what detectives believe may have been a case of mistaken identity.

Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command continue to investigate.

Crimestoppers guarantees that you will stay 100% anonymous when you contact them via freephone 0800 555 111 or through their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org

When you speak to Crimestoppers you will never be asked to give any of your personal details. They are unable to trace your phone number and, if you contact them online, they cannot record your details such as your I.P. address.

Alexa Loukas, London regional manager at Crimestoppers, said: “There remain crucial questions, which is why we are supporting the police to help find who was responsible.

In a statement, David’s family said: “Our son David left a vacuum in our heart and home since he departed from this world. We want to appeal to anyone who has information about the people responsible for his death to come forward.”

Detective Inspector Emma Sharp, who leads the investigation, said: “David was just visiting friends when he was shot. He was a popular and much-loved young man who had his whole life ahead of him and that has been cruelly taken from him.

“David’s family and friends have had their worlds turned upside down and we are determined to get justice for them and for David.

“I’m continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area of St Ann’s at around the time of [the shooting] who saw anything suspicious to come forward.

“David’s killer is still out there – help us bring his family some closure by finding those responsible. If you know anything, please do the right thing and tell Crimestoppers what you know. The charity will keep you totally anonymous and pass on it on to us.”

The reward will only be payable for information passed directly to the charity and not the police – please ask for a reward code when calling Crimestoppers. If you contact Crimestoppers online, you must use the `two-way’ communication facility, request a reward code and then log back in 24 hours later to get the code. You’ll be asked to check two months later with the reward code to see if there has been a positive result.

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Mick Ferris

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