Detectives investigating the murder of a 16-year-old boy in Newham and the attempted murder of his teenage friend will be returning to the scene to appeal for fresh information five years on.
Samuel Adelagun and his 15-year-old friend were attacked as they walked along Chesterton Road in Plaistow, E13, on Saturday 23 October 2010.
Officers will be returning to Plaistow to encourage anyone with new information about the incident to come forward.
In addition to this latest appeal the Met is now offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the person or people responsible for Samuel’s death.
Police were initially called at 03:20hrs on 23.10.10 following reports that two teenagers had been shot.
The shooting happened on a patch of parkland at the junction of Chesterton Road and Upper Road.
Samuel, who lived in Stratford, was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest.
A 15-year-old boy found suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen was taken to hospital and went on to make a full recovery.
It is believed that four friends aged 15 and 16 years-old, were walking along Upper Road, E13, when two gunmen appeared behind them and fired about four shots. Samuel and his friend were both hit. The youths managed to disperse and re-group outside a house in Chesterton Road where they sought help.
The suspects were said to be dressed in black with balaclavas.
Despite carrying out an intensive investigation, no-one has been charged. Four men aged 20, 22, 22 and 23 were arrested on 11 November 2010 but later released with no further action.
Officers now plan to return to Upper Road, E13 between 16:00hrs and 18:00hrs today, Friday, 23 October 2015 to appeal for further information.
Detective Inspector Peter Hine, of the Met’s SCO8 Trident Legacy Team, said: “Despite the fact that we are five years on we remain committed to investigating Samuel’s murder and we continue to encourage members of the public to come forward and provide information that will lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person or people responsible.
“Samuel had everything to live for and his devastated family continues to seek answers. Five years on we hope the appeal and the significant £20,000 reward will encourage someone to finally speak to police and end the family’s suffering
Samuel’s mother, Ola Shokumbi said at the time of her son’s death: “The death of my son has greatly affected myself and my family. He is missed very much every day and his death has left a significant hole in our lives. We hope that eventually those responsible will be brought to justice.”
Anyone with information should contact the incident room at 0208-785-8267 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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