FATALLY SHOT: Joseph Burke-Monerville was killed by a bullet to the head in Hackney
AN EAST London shooting victim will be finally laid to rest at a funeral in Tottenham.
19-year-old Prince Joseph Burke–Monerville was fatally shot on February 16 in Hackney while sitting in a car with his two brothers.
Burke–Monerville was killed by a bullet to his head – his brothers were also sustained injuries.
Their assailant is reported to have approached their vehicle and asked whether they were from the Pembury Estate in the borough, to which the brothers replied they were not from Hackney.
Before opening fire, the shooter’s accomplice is said to have given the go-ahead by saying “Waste them anyway”, despite not knowing the brothers.
As of yet, police have not arrested anyone in connection with the shooting.
The victims, having no known affiliations with gangs or criminal syndicates, went to school in north London, and Joseph and his brother Jonathan were enrolled at London Metropolitan University studying for a degree in forensic science.
Joseph’s death is second time the Burke-Monerville family has lost someone from street violence in Hackney – in 1994, Joseph’s older brother, Trevor, was fatally stabbed during an attack by five men in the London borough.
No one either has been arrested for the attack.
After 10 weeks of waiting for news about whether police have managed to identify his son’s killer, John Burke-Monerville said: “The family is grateful for the many expressions of condolence and of outrage at this senseless crime which we have received since February 16.
“We would not want any other parents to suffer what we’ve been through in the last 10 weeks.
“We call on witnesses and on those in the community who know who the murderers of either of our sons are to come forward and tell the police what they know”, Joseph’s father added.
Commenting on the killing and street violence in the community, professor Gus John, a former member of the Street Weapons Commission, said: “There is nothing inevitable about such killings.
“Over the last 20 years we have buried far too many of our young people and it is about time that we all mobilise ourselves and send out a powerful message to young people and parents in our communities, as well as to government, that ‘Enough is Enough’!”
If you have information regarding the killings, call the Incident Room anonymously on: 020 8358 1112 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111