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Anniversary appeal to find killers of 16-year-old North Woolwich shooting victim Karim Samms

PUBLISHED: 12:52 08 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:04 08 April 2018

Karim Simms was shot dead a year ago. Picture: Met Police.

Karim Simms was shot dead a year ago. Picture: Met Police.

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Police have released CCTV footage of the moment a 16-year-old boy was shot dead in North Woolwich as part of an anniversary appeal to find his killers.

Police are keen to chase the driver of this Nissan Juke. Picture: Met Police.Police are keen to chase the driver of this Nissan Juke. Picture: Met Police.

Karim Samms was shot in the chest by the two men as he stood with a group of friends in Roebourne Way on April 7 last year.

The harrowing footage shows his killers driving into a nearby car park before walking to the group and gunning down Karim at around 10.45pm.

His friends can be seen fleeing for their lives.

Karim, who lived in North Woolwich, died at the scene.

Floral tributes for Karim Samms who was shot and killed in North WoolwichFloral tributes for Karim Samms who was shot and killed in North Woolwich

The killers are believed to have also shot another man nearby in Claremont Close.

The victim, who is in his 20s, survived.

Three teenagers were arrested in connection with Karim’s murder but to date there have been no charges.

Karim was a member of Fight For Peace in Newham.

The charity uses boxing and martial arts with education and personal development to help young people living in areas blighted by crime or violence.

Detective Chief Inspector John Marriott, who is leading the murder hunt, said: “We previously released CCTV footage in the lead up to Karim’s brutal murder and said at the time that we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a dark coloured Nissan Juke in the area, which we believe carried the suspects to and from the scene.

“Karim’s family have been left devastated by this senseless act that has left a 16-year-old boy dead before his life had properly begun. It is up to us to find justice for his family.

“We still want to hear from anyone who may have been afraid to come forward at the time and can guarantee that any information that is provided to us is held in the strictest confidence.”

Anyone who witnessed the shootingor has any information is asked to contact detectives on 020 83453715 or via Twitter @MetCC.

Alternatively you can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Karim’s killers.


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