NewVIc student David Adegbite ‘murdered’ with bullet to the head

PUBLISHED: 16:29 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 21 March 2017

David Adegbite, inset, alongside tributes left for him in St Ann's

David Adegbite, inset, alongside tributes left for him in St Ann's


A student at a Newham sixth-form college was shot dead in Barking on Sunday.

David AdegbiteDavid Adegbite

The 18-year-old victim has been named as David Adegbite by classmates from NewVIc, who travelled to Barking to lay flowers and light candles at the site of his death.

The emergency services found the teenager with a gunshot wound to his head just after 7pm on Sunday evening, and he died in hospital at 10.30pm.

Police are treating his death as murder.

His friends, who preferred not to be named, said David “was a really humble guy”.

Memorials at the site of David Memorials at the site of David "Dutch" Adegbite's death

They described him as a laidback young man: “You never saw him mad, he was always laughing.”

Better known by his nickname “Dutch”, the 18-year-old studied IT at the college in Plaistow and dabbled in making music in his spare time.

A classmate said: “He was ambitious, I saw big things for him in the future.”

In fact, the young Arsenal fan was looking forward to studying at Middlesex University in the autumn.

“He was a person that was loved by many,” his friend added. “It was hard to not be attracted to him or give him attention because he was funny.”

Rafael Benedetti, 19, who had known David for eight years, said he was “bubbly” and always lightened the mood of any situation he was in: “He was one of those people that once you met him, it’s nearly impossible to forget him.”

A man aged 20 was arrested in connection with David’s death on Sunday, but has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

A second 20-year-old was arrested on Monday and remains in custody at a south London police station.

The victim’s next of kin have been informed, and a post-mortem took place this morning at Queen’s hospital mortuary.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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