Police Appeal After 'Mistaken Identity' Shooting

26th January 2021

The family of a man shot dead in Shepherd's Bush seven months ago are appealing for anyone with information about his murder to come forward.

Alexander Kareem was fatally shot at 00:40hrs on Monday, 8 June 2020 as he walked along Askew Road, W12. The 20-year-old had just left a shop and was heading to a friend's house. His death is believed to have been a case of mistaken identity.

Seven months on, detectives are reissuing CCTV of a white Range Rover which was found burned out on Ascott Avenue just 25 minutes after the first call to police. A vast trawl of CCTV has taken place to track its movement across London, but officers still want to hear from anyone who knows anything about its movements on the night of the murder or before.

They are also keen to hear from anyone with any other information, no matter how minor, that may help advance their investigation. The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for Alexander's murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, from the Met's Specialist Crime Command (Homicide), said: "The investigation continues at great pace. We still believe the answers to a lot of the questions are linked to the white Range Rover in the CCTV we're reissuing today.

"We are determined to find those responsible for this terrible crime which resulted in Alexander tragically losing his life. We are working to find the answers for his family who have been left devastated by his loss.

"If you know anything, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, please come forward. If you do not wish to speak to police, call Crimestoppers which is 100 per cent anonymous.

"We are sure there are people out there who know what happened. The start of a new year offers a chance for you to get that information off your chest. Make the call."

Alexander's family have released the following statement: "The grief we continue to feel for the loss of our Alexander is immeasurable. Our hearts have been broken. Every day that goes by that we do not know who did this to him is unbearable.

"Alexander was a caring and loving boy who had his life tragically cut short by being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. He was like any other young boy who liked to hang out with his friends, play on his computer and work on his passion which was IT.

"March will mark Alexander's 21st birthday, a day that would have been full of celebration to mark the wonderful, kind and intelligent young man he was.

"We are asking you to come forward with any information you may have, we need answers for us to start to heal. The perpetrators are using the silence of the public as protection against the consequences of their hideous and unspeakable crime. Please, protect them no longer. Pick up the phone and do the right thing for Alexander, his friends and for us, his family."

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting the reference CAD224/08JUN.

Information can also be provided, anonymously, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Crimestoppers is an independent charity. They cannot trace your name or IP address and information is provided to them in full confidence. 

+ Nine men and women who were previously arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder have been released under investigation.

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