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Renewed murder appeal for promising footballer

KILLED: Rio McFarlane

POLICE HAVE today (Sept 6) renewed their appeal into the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old in Peckham, south London, last year.

Rio McFarlane was an innocent bystander when he was fatally shot in Dragon Road SE15 on September 6, 2010.

When officers arrived at the scene after receiving reports of gunshots in the area, they found the talented footballer suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. He died at the scene.

Earlier this year, police issued CCTV images of three men, who are not suspects, in a hope that they might come forward to help with the enquiry. Officers believe the men may have information that would assist the police and are asking them to get in touch. They are now also urging members of the public to help identify the men on the anniversary of Rio’s death.

Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand also stepped in to assist police with the appeal for witnesses and recorded a special YouTube appeal video asking those who had information about Rio’s death to come forward.

In addition to this, the Met Police is offering up to £20,000.

On 6 April this year, a 34-year-old man was shot and injured in Peckham and it is believed he may have been the intended target when Rio was shot. A silver Lexus was found at the scene of the shooting in April 2011, and Rio had been standing next to this car when he was killed the year earlier.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton from Trident said: "There are people in the community who witnessed Rio's murder a year ago. Rio had no involvement in crime and had a bright future ahead of him. Rio’s family is living with the pain of him being taken away so violently and abruptly without reason. We want to hear from these people so those responsible for Rio's murder can be brought to justice.

“If you are concerned about coming forward, there are special measures that we can take to protect your identity and have used these measures in many successful cases."

Anthony McFarlane, Rio's brother said: “We cannot believe that it has been a year, as my family feel as if it was only yesterday that this nightmare began and we had to start to learn to live without Rio in our lives.

“We remain determined to bring the person who murdered him to justice. This is the only thing we can hold on to, hoping that this will bring us some comfort knowing that this murderer is punished.

Five men, aged between 18 and 23 years, have been arrested in connection with the murder. One has been released with no further action, the remaining four have been bailed to return pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8247 4553; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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CAN YOU HELP IDENTIFY THESE THREE MEN?

THEY ARE NOT SUSPECTS, BUT MAY HAVE INFORMATION TO ASSIST POLICE


This image shows a black man in a shop doorway dressed in dark clothing (note this shop is not where the shooting took place.)

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This image shows a black man coming into a Costcutter doorway wearing a white t shirt and jeans

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This image shows a lighter skinned black man wearing a dark sports top with stripes down the left arm

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