Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of Abraham Badru in Hackney are renewing appeals for information from the community, nearly 18 months on from his murder.
Abraham, a 26-year-old personal trainer, died on 25 March 2018 in Ferncliff Road, E8 after being shot as he opened the boot of his car.
One arrest has been made in connection with the killing - an 18-year-old woman [A] arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in November 2018 has been released under investigation.
On Monday, 9 September, homicide detectives from Specialist Crime interviewed a 20-year-old man under caution within a London prison.
Active enquiries are ongoing, and a £20,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for Abraham's murder is still on offer.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, is leading the investigation. He said: "My team are totally committed to getting justice for Abraham and his family. Despite a wall of silence which has tried to stifle my investigation, we are making progress and today’s interview of this prisoner is just one example.
“We are determined to find out why Abraham was targeted and gunned down in such a brutal way and bring the perpetrators to justice. We have now recovered his laptop and I believe this could be significant.
“We have made several appeals but we know that a number of people who know something have chosen not to come forward.
“Whilst we are developing a line of investigation connected to one of several relationships he had, there is always the possibility that this may have been a case of mistaken identity and that Abraham was killed in error.
"Shortly after 11pm on the night of the murder, there was a man and woman in Ferncliff Road. The woman was white and wearing a three-quarter length Puffa-style coat. She was walking along Ferncliff Road in the direction of Foxley Close, really near to where the murder took place.
"The man was also white and wearing shorts. He was seen a short time after the woman, also walking on Ferncliff Road. Everything would suggest that these are local people and we need to speak to them. Despite the passage of time, I am sure they would remember what happened just minutes later.
"I am also really keen to speak to the person who called the police incident room in June 2018. The caller was ringing on behalf of a friend who I believe holds really important information and could have seen something vital at the time of, or immediately after, Abraham's murder. If you're that person please call us back.”
Abraham had spent 25 March 2018 – which was a Sunday - shopping, collecting a takeaway and seeing his father. Between 22:20 and 22:40hrs he visited a woman before travelling home. During the journey home he had a phone call with another woman lasting 44 minutes. At 23:11hrs he was fatally shot while still on the phone.
Police were called to the scene following reports of gunshots heard. Abraham died at the scene from a shotgun wound to the chest.
Moments after the shooting, a black male believed to be wearing a black Puffa-type jacket ran from the scene, before getting on a bicycle. He had a rucksack on his back. The bicycle is described as white and didn't have any lights.
DCI McHugh added: "Abraham's family have remained strong since his death, they are inspirational. Their misery has been compounded by the lack of people willing to come forward for Abraham. How can it be, that so few people are willing to stand up for such a popular lad? What is heart-breaking is that a small group of local people are in the know and they remain silent.
“Of course people may be scared by the very nature of the murder within their community. But there are other ways to provide us with information rather than calling police directly - you can speak to the charities Crimestoppers or Fearless completely anonymously. They have amazing track records of helping to remove dangerous people from our streets. And your information will be totally anonymous.
"I am convinced that people in certain circles have information and have talked about Abraham's murder. I know it is a huge step to call police, but consider the pain that Abraham's mother is going through; you could remove the pain and you will make Hackney safer for your family and everyone who lives and works there."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police incident room in the strictest confidence on 020 8785 8099. Alternatively, to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 - they will not ask your name or trace your call. You can also visit www.fearless.org to pass on information anonymously.
In addition to witnesses and those with information, detectives also wish to speak with anyone who knew Abraham but has not yet been in contact with police.
If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or LondonNeedsYouAlive.