Maryland murder: Detectives to visit scene of Abdul Mayanja’s shooting a week on
- Credit: GoFundMe
Detectives investigating the murder of a teenager in Maryland are visiting the scene this evening to appeal for witnesses to come forward.
Abdul Mayaja, 19, died in hospital after being shot in Well Street, close to the station, at around 10.40pm on Friday last week.
A post-mortem held earlier this week found the cause of death to be a gunshot wound.
Det Insp Paul Considine, who is leading the investigation, said: “My officers will be at the scene this evening in the hope that we can jog the memory of anyone who was on Well Street or in the surrounding area at the time of the murder.
“Any information, no matter how insignificant, may provide a vital piece of the puzzle for officers investigating the series of events leading up to, and immediately following, Abdul being shot.
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“Abdul left his home at 22:00hrs, just 40 minutes before he was shot. Who was he with during those 40 minutes - where did he go?
“I fully appreciate that witnesses may be reluctant to come forward, but it is vital that we apprehend those responsible and all information will be treated with the utmost discretion.”
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The teenager, from Plaistow, had previously been a member of the RAF air cadets and the organisation has paid tribute to him.
A spokeswoman said: “Leading Cadet Abdul Mayanja left 338 (West Ham) Squadron Air Training Corps on October 3, 2013.
“He had been with us for 18 months and was well respected. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends at this time.”
A GoFundMe page, which describes Abdul as a “wonderful man” who was “loved and cherished”, has been sent up to support his family and help give him “the send off he would love”.
To donate, visit gofundme.com/the-loss-of-abdul-mayanja
Any witnesses to his death, or anyone who has information, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.