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Wilson Varela shooting: £10k reward offered in ‘mistaken identity’ case

Wilson Varela shot while going out to get milk

18 September, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Wilson Varela

A £10,000 reward is now being offered for information to solve the case of who killed 24-year-old Wilson Varela in Kentish Town in a drive-by shooting.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe of the Homicide division of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “The investigation so far indicates that the death of Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela was a case of mistaken identity and that he was wrongly targeted by gang members.

“I would like everyone who is protecting the identity of the murderers to know that on the day he was murdered, Wilson was simply getting on with a normal day. He left his girlfriend’s house to buy some milk and minutes later his life was violently, and abruptly, ended.

“Wilson would have had a bright future. Instead his life is over and he leaves behind a devastated family and partner who are wondering why he was taken from them.

“I have no doubt whatsoever that there are people out there who know exactly who is responsible for Wilson’s death. The callous people who did this have no respect for the lives of others, why would anyone protect people like that? If you know anything, do the right thing and call me now, before they harm someone else.”

Police believe a moped rider and a pillion passenger, both wearing helmets, drove north on Malden Road before waiting in Marsden Street for a short time.

It then drove back down Malden Road and into Prince of Wales Road, where they shot Wilson at close range. He died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Extra staff were being brought in to trawl through CCTV earlier this week to establish there the moped, which traveled towards Camden Town, had ended up.

“This is a really, really difficult one,” DCI Stancombe told the New Journal last week. “And this is where we really need the support of the community if they are hearing anything, rumours, gossip, whatever it is. Have they seen a moped parked up somewhere and it’s shouldn’t been there?”

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information that they receive anonymously that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible.

Alexa Loukas, London Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “We know that for some people, the truth may be close to home. It maybe someone you know personally was involved in serious violence. You may have a sense of loyalty to that individual but want to do the right thing.

“Please remember that Crimestoppers, as an independent charity, keeps its promise of 100% anonymity each and every day to those who trusts us with their crime information. Share what you know by calling our UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111 or using our website’s anonymous online form. No one will know your identity. We cannot trace your call or track your IP address and we never ask for or record any personal information.

“If you’re a young person, you can also report anonymously via Crimestoppers’ dedicated youth service by visiting Fearless.org.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8358 0200 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also visit www.fearless.org to pass on information anonymously.

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