Alexander Kareem was riding a scooter near his family home in Shepherd’s Bush when he was gunned down on his way to a friend’s house .
The 20 year old was killed on Askew Road, Shepherd’s Bush, shortly after 12.30am on 8 June 2020 as he left a convenience store.
A white Range Rover Evoque was captured on CCTV passing by the scene of the shooting and was found 25 minutes later burnt out on Ascott Avenue, Ealing.
He was due to start a computer science course at the University of East Anglia in September 2020. He had no known enemies and had never been in trouble with police.
Alexander Kareem’s sister, Khafi Kareem, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, believe her brother was killed in a case of mistaken identity during the late night trip.
She demanded an end to the bloodshed on London’s streets amid a surge in violent crime as lockdown eases.
Ms Kareem said: “The silence is deafening. His killers and the gun used are still out there. I know this is a tough case to solve but we cannot become accepting that an innocent boy is shot dead in the streets of London. Alex was blossoming. He had his whole life ahead of him and that has been cruelly snatched away.”
Ms Kareem added: “He was so inquisitive and intelligent and compassionate. When he was eight, he saw a homeless man with no shoes. He burst into tears because he couldn’t understand how anyone could be in that position. He is not a statistic. We need justice.”
Due to COVID 19 restrictions, only 30 mourners were allowed to attend the funeral at the Holy Ghost and St Stephen Church near the family’s home in Shepherd’s Bush.
The Metropolitan Police arrested nine people aged between 17 and 25, a 16-year-old boy and a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of murder. All nine made bail
The police described the arrests as a significant development in the investigation into the murder of Alexander in Shepherd’s Bush on 8 June 2020.
Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward. Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101, Tweet @MetCC or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers_uk.org. Quote CAD 224/08June