A year on from the fatal shooting of Akeem Moore in Croydon, detectives are launching a fresh appeal for information.
The Metropolitan Police Service is offering a substantial reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Akeem Moore.
Akeem, who was 22 years old and from the Croydon area, was shot in the head in Eastney Road, Croydon on the evening of 7 October 2016.
Police and the London Ambulance Service were called at around 23.25hrs that night, and Akeem was pronounced dead at the scene. Another man, aged 25, also suffered a gunshot wound in the same incident.
A 36-year-old man was charged with Akeem's murder and other offences linked to the incident. His trial was due to start in July, but the case was discontinued due to insufficient evidence.
The Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, led by Detective Chief Inspector Lee Watling, continue to investigate the fatal shooting and are making a fresh appeal for any witnesses.
DCI Watling said: "Akeem was shot in the rear of a residential house by an unknown attacker who left him for dead.
"We believe that Akeem went to an address in Eastney Road that evening to meet a friend, where in the rear garden he was fatally shot by a male who had entered via a side gate of the premises giving access to the garden. The suspect, described as a black male, discharged the firearm twice resulting in Akeem and another male being shot.
"A year on, I am extremely interested in anyone who was there or in the vicinity that has yet to come forward, or anyone with any information regarding the person responsible for this murder.
"Akeem was a much-loved son, brother and proud father with everything to live for, and he has had his life snatched away from him in the most violent way imaginable. His death has devastated his close-knit family who are still coming to terms with their loss. We will relentlessly pursue those responsible and bring them to justice, and we need the local community's help.
"You may know who committed this murder or have information that could assist us, but have loyalties or fears about the consequences of coming forward. We would urge anyone who knows anything about this shooting to come forward and talk to officers. We will treat your information in the strictest confidence and offer you the necessary protection."
Lillian Nelson, Akeem Moore's mum, said: "It's been a year now since my son was tragically taken from me. It really hurts me that someone could take another person's life.
"Akeem was the most loving, fun, caring, cheeky and handsome young man. When he died there was a part taken from me that can never be replaced.
"My first born, the love of my life. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of Akeem and how this could have happened.
"His brother and sister, Shafeeq and Floann, truly love and miss their brother as their love was unbreakable. And it's the same for his cousins and close friends. Akeem always looked out for them.
"As for his children, Lakai, Akira and Orion, there is not a day that goes by were they don't ask about their dad and if he is coming back. And that's the most heartbreaking question to answer. Even though his oldest son knows his father has gone to play football in heaven, he still would like to know when his dad will be back home.
"There is no point in killing each other. Let's come together as a community and put a stop to all this violence. Guns and knife crimes must come to an end.
"As a mother of a lost son I'm coming forward and asking the public for any help or information about my son Akeem Moore's death. You run from man but you can not run from God. Justice is in the hand of the lord."
If you have any information that could assist the investigation, call the incident room at Sutton on 020 8721 4205 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.