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Police name victim in Kentish Town drive-by shooting

News   •   Sep 12, 2019 17:55 BST

As police name the victim in the Kentish Town drive-by shooting, the detective leading the investigation into the murder appeals to the community help to identify the murderers.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service shortly before midnight on Sunday, 8 September to reports of a shooting on Malden Road, NW5.

Officers, including firearms officers, and London’s Air Ambulance attended. Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela, aged 24, who was from Forest Gate in East London, was found suffering a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene at 00:10hrs on Monday, 9 September.

His next of kin were notified and formal identification has taken place.

A post-mortem examination that took place on Tuesday, 10 September found the cause of death to be a shotgun wound to the chest.

At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: “While our investigation continues to move at a pace, the motive for this shooting remains unclear. It is hard to understand what could have led to this murder, and we need someone to tell us why this happened.

“Although we have made previous appeals, I am confident that there are people out there who either know why this happened, or who was responsible but have, so far, chosen not to come forward.

“While our investigation moves forward, there is a devastated family who are in limbo, desperately trying to fathom why Wilson has been so cruelly taken from them. Is there a reason Wilson was targeted? Was he even the intended victim of the shooting?

“Every day that these questions remain unanswered, Wilson’s family continue to suffer the pain of not knowing.

“I urge anyone who can help us complete the picture of the circumstances surrounding this incident to search their conscience and do the right thing. Contact my detectives who are waiting to take your call. Help us to take a gun and the murderer that fired it, off the streets of Camden. Your call, even anonymously, could literally save lives.”

A spokesperson for Wilson’s family said in memory of Wilson: “You will remain a legend for us all, your spirit will always and forever guide us like you used to.

“Thank you for being an inspiration to so many. We will love you forever. Always in our thoughts forever in our hearts. The race never stops.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8358 0200.

If you have information about this incident, or information about someone you suspect to be carrying a weapon and you do not want to speak to police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website. It is 100 per cent anonymous. They never ask your name and cannot trace your call or IP address.

You can also visit www.fearless.org to pass on information anonymously.

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.