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Brent Cross murder victim named as officers make third arrest

News   •   May 05, 2021 18:30 BST

Victim: Gedeon Ngwendema

Detectives investigating a murder in Barnet are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward as they name the victim as 21-year-old Gedeon Ngwendema.

An investigation was launched after police were called at approximately 18:45hrs on Tuesday, 4 May to reports of a group of males fighting in Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Officers attended and Gedeon was found suffering from a stab injury. Officers and members of the public carried out first aid, and the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance were called.

Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, Gedeon died at the scene.

His next of kin has been informed and continue to be supported by specialist officers.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Wednesday, 5 May at Northwick Park Mortuary and found the cause of death to have been a single stab wound.

A crime scene remains in place and the public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area.

Following the incident, officers made two arrests nearby. The first, an 18-year-old man [A], was arrested on suspicion of murder. The second man [B], aged 22, was arrested on suspicion of murder and affray. Both men remain in custody.

A third man [C], aged 20, was arrested on Wednesday, 5 May at his home address in Harrow on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, leading the investigation, said: “We are directly appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident and is able to help us with our investigation. We are especially urging anyone with footage of the incident or the aftermath to get in touch with us immediately.

“There was a significant number of people nearby when this tragic incident happened and I am confident that there are people out there who are yet to come forward. No matter how insignificant the information may seem to you, please contact the police as soon as possible.

“As you can imagine, Gedeon’s family are experiencing unimaginable grief and we want to bring answers and justice to them as quickly as we can. This is a complex investigation and we appreciate the local community’s support and understanding while we continue to conduct our enquiries.”

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 0208 358 1010 or call 101, providing the reference CAD 6136/04MAY. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.

Information can also be provided digitally via UK Police Major Incident Public Reporting Site.

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