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Victim of fatal shooting in Walthamstow named

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Victim of fatal shooting in Walthamstow named

The victim of a fatal shooting in Walthamstow on Saturday evening has been named as 25-year-old Kacey Boothe.

Police were called shortly before 21:30hrs on Saturday, 13 August following reports of gunshots heard in Forest Rise, E17.

Officers attended and were informed that Kacey had already been taken to hospital in a private vehicle. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, he died in hospital.

A post-mortem examination took place at Haringey Mortuary on Tuesday, 16 August and gave cause of death as gunshot injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command who are leading the investigation, said: “While we have not yet made any arrests, we are working tirelessly to identify the person or persons responsible for this senseless act of violence.

“We know that there were a number of people in the area at the time of the attack, including people who were attending a party at the community centre nearby.

“It is vital that anyone with information comes forward and speaks to us. What may seem like an insignificant detail could be the key that unlocks this case.

“I understand that after such a serious incident, the prospect of talking to the police can be daunting. I want to reassure anyone who is having doubts that we understand the courage it takes and we are here to provide every support we can to those willing to help.

“If people do not want to talk to us directly, there is also the option of contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers. They’re a separate organisation, they don’t ask for names and they can’t trace calls or IP addresses. Information provided to them is completely anonymous.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, in charge of policing in Waltham Forest and Newham, said: “The thoughts of all of us in the Met are with Kacey’s family as they come to terms with such a terrible loss. They will be provided with whatever support they need.

“We are in close contact with our partners and with representatives from the local community. We know how shocked so many people have been by this incident.

“We have already had additional officers deployed across Waltham Forest to provide reassurance in recent days. Residents can expect to continue to see that increased visual presence in the coming days and beyond as required.

“I would like to reiterate what DCI Smith has said about the importance of witnesses coming forward. We will do everything we can to get justice for Kacey’s family. The community can play a big part in that by being willing to support our efforts.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, providing the reference 7405/14AUG.