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£20,000 witness appeal for murder of Ola Raji a year ago


ONE YEAR on from the brutal murder of 21-year-old Ola Raji in south London, police have renewed their appeal for witnesses and are offering £20,000 for information.

Ola was cycling onto the East Surrey Grove Estate when he was confronted by two men on April 21, 2015. At around 10.30pm.

That confrontation resulted in Ola being shot, and after falling to the ground, stabbed.

Officers believed the suspects fled on foot leaving Ola critically injured on the ground between two parked cars.

Emergency services carried out first aid until he was taken to hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving there.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Detective Chief Inspector Will Reynolds, who is leading the investigation from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "There are people out there who will know who killed Ola and why. Given the length of time that has passed I am appealing directly to those people who have that vital information but have yet to speak to us. It is not too late to talk to us and help Ola's family understand why their son was murdered and see those responsible brought to justice.

"You have my guarantee that if you speak out now we will help and support you. Please call and speak to my team on 020 8721 4205 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

As part of the renewed appeal, detectives will be returning to the scene of Ola's murder today (April 21) to try and trace any new witnesses or new information.

During the course of the investigation three people have been arrested but none charged.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4205 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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