Grief of murdered Plaistow boy’s mother ‘killing her little by little’

The grieving mother of a boy fatally shot in Plaistow fears that he has been forgotten, and has made a fresh appeal to his killers.

Samuel Adelagun, 16, was gunned down at the junction of Chesterton Road and Upper Road on October 23 2010 but the perpetrators are still at large.

The Metropolitan Police last year offered a �20,000 reward for information leading to their capture.

But his mother, Ola Shokunbi said she had heard little from officers since the last appeal.

She said: “He was the only son I had - I just want to be heard.

“The police told me that they knew 95 per cent who the killers were.

“It feels just like he is gone. My Samuel is gone and no-one remembers him.

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“This is killing us little by little.”

His 15-year-old friend, who was shot in the abdomen, went on to make a full recovery.

It is believed that the Bishop Challoner Catholic school student was part of a group of four walking along Upper Road when two balaclava-clad gunmen appeared behind them and fired about four shots.

The group then separated before gathering outside a house in Chesterton Road to seek help. Police arrived at about 3.20am but Samuel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mrs Shokunbi lives in Plaistow with Samuel’s sister and her two-year-old daughter Pemisire.

She remembers the night of her son’s murder like it was yesterday, and said that police did not allow her to see her son’s body on the day of the shooting.

“The night that it happened he was saying Mum can I go out, but I said no,” she said.

“After another 10 minutes he said Mum, can I please go out, just five minutes and I said OK, thinking that they were going to be just out at the front of my house.”

“The next thing I heard was his friend calling me saying ‘Samuel has been shot.”

The crime is being investigated by the Met’s Operation Trident team, which focuses on crime within the black community.

Mrs Shokunbi added: “It’s not only the person that has been killed, it is all the family, and everybody who knows Sam.

“Any person with any good doesn’t take people away like that.”

Anyone with information should contact 020 8733 4211 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.