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Anniversary appeal in Karim Samms murder investigation

News   •   Apr 08, 2018 08:12 BST

Murdered - Karim Samms

One year since the death of Karim Samms, detectives continue to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Police were called at 22:44hrs on Friday, 7 April 2017 to reports of shots heard and a teenager found injured on Roebourne Way, E16.

Local officers, firearms officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found Karim with a gunshot injury. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination held on Monday, 10 April 2017, gave cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest.

Another man, aged in his early 20s, was found with a gunshot injury in Claremont Close that evening. He was taken to an east London hospital and was discharged after treatment.

Officers believe both were shot in the same incident nearby on Pier Parade just before police were called.

Detective Chief Inspector John Marriott, who is leading the Homicide and Major Crime Command investigation into Karim’s murder, said: "We previously released CCTV footage in the lead up to Karim’s brutal murder and said at the time that we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a dark coloured Nissan Juke in the area, which we believe carried the suspects to and from the scene.

"We still want to hear from anyone who may have been afraid to come forward at the time and can guarantee that any information that is provided to us is held in the strictest confidence."

In the footage released, the Nissan Juke is pictured arriving in a car park before two suspects approach the group Karim was with and appear to produce a firearm.

Karim’s associates can be seen fleeing the area, with the Nissan Juke driving off at speed shortly after.

DCI Marriott continued: "Karim’s family have been left devastated by this senseless act that has left a 16 year old boy dead before his life had properly begun. It is up to us to find justice for his family.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the Incident Room on 020 83453715 or via Twitter @MetCC.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.