The family of a man shot dead in Shepherd’s Bush three years ago have insisted they are “not going to rest” until they get justice.
On the anniversary of his death, Alexander Kareem’s siblings: Khafi, 33; and Kabir, 29; urged anyone with information to come forward and for those responsible to hand themselves in, or risk living with a “heavy conscience”.
The 20-year-old was shot on Askew Road, Shepherd’s Bush, west London, in the early hours of June 8 2020 as he was travelling to a friend’s house on a scooter.
An increased reward of £20,000 has been offered by Crimestoppers for any leads that could catch the killers.
“You can’t kill people and get away with it – what kind of society is that?”
She said “no day goes by where I still don’t think about Alex”, and, addressing his killers, added: “You may think you’ve gotten away with it, but you haven’t. We’re not going to rest – it’s not even a choice.
“He’s not going to die in vain.”
Kabir, who has created a music video on YouTube in tribute to his late brother, said: “From the entire family there’s sorrow (and) high levels of frustration, given that it’s been so long since it’s happened and there’s still been no closure in terms of anyone being caught or actually held accountable for Alex’s killing.
“That’s put a lot of us in quite a dark space, and we want to move forward from the incident.”
He said some people in the Shepherd’s Bush community “most definitely do know” the circumstances around Alexander’s shooting, and said it was important to show “these particular actions in our community should not be protected”.
The family have agreed to meet a Met family liaison officer once a month.
“(Alexander) had so much to look forward to: university, having a family, his whole life. That’s been brutally taken away, not just from him but from his family who are absolutely inconsolable.”
Ms Woodsford said re-visiting all previous work done in the investigation was as important to achieving a breakthrough as chasing new leads.
She added: “We’ve been fortunate to have an increase in the Crimestoppers reward, and we’re hoping that and the anniversary will encourage people to come forward.
“There are so many things that we can do as an organisation, both in the police and through the courts, to help protect witnesses who perhaps are nervous or concerned, and we’re willing to speak to anybody.”
Anyone with information is urged to call 101 and quote Operation SaveH or to tweet @MetCC with reference CAD 4830/07JUN23.
Alternatively, the public can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.