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Kyle McDonald family appeal for help over teenager's murder

SHOT DEAD: Kyle McDonald

THE FAMILY of an aspiring rapper shot dead in south London is appealing for witnesses to help bring his killer to justice.

Kyle McDonald, 19, of Fulham, was fatally shot on September 18 in Battersea as he walked through the Kambala estate, off Falcon Road, with a friend.

He managed to stagger to Coppock Close where he was found minutes later by members of the public.

A post-mortem found that McDonald died from a single gunshot wound.

His 25-year-old sister Kyasha said: “Somebody knows something. We just need to know who.

"It’s just one that one piece of information. It would be really good and decent of people to come forward and say something.”

Since the shooting a wall of silence has fallen on the community.

Police visited the scene yesterday evening to speak to local residents, as murder detectives step up their efforts after no arrests have been made in connection with the deadly shooting.

A statement posted on the Kambala Estate Residents Association website said: "It’s possible that some of Kyle’s friends are involved in criminal activity in the area, and this may be why many are not willing to speak out.

"But the detectives we spoke to are far more focused on finding a murderer, than in any low-level crime, and hearing from the young people in the area remains their best chance of bringing Kyle’s killers to justice."

Detective chief inspector Matt Bonner said: "We are still trying to trace Kyle’s last steps and we know he was on the estate an hour or two before the incident.

"There will be a number of young people who will have information about the course of events that day. We urge you to come and speak to us."

The officer added: "We understand that some might have some concerns with speaking to the police but it is important that they do so and we can offer reassurance and support for those that can assist us with our enquiries.

"Likewise I am directly appealing to the family members and friends of those believed to be involved – if you have the slightest indication the person you know may have been involved in this incident I encourage you to get them to hand themselves into the police. Failing to so will result in my officers pursuing them."

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on 020 8358 0200 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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