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Appeal over nightclub death eight years on


POLICE DECTECTIVES are making fresh appeals for information following the murder of 18-year-old Warren Graham in Hackney, east London in 2004.

The teenager from Manor Park was stabbed at approximately 12.45am on October 26, 2004, after a disturbance inside the Pavilion nightclub in Lower Clapton Road.

Graham was taken to Homerton Hospital suffering from stab wounds and died shortly afterwards.

During the evening, Graham’s friends - one of whom was performing as an emcee - became involved in an argument with another group of performers over control of the mic.

At the time of this argument Graham was on the stage but got off onto the dance floor as the management cleared the stage.

Whilst on the dance floor, Graham was approached by the suspect and stabbed three times. A single wound to the chest proved to be fatal.

The weapon has not been recovered.

Detectives from Homicide & Serious Crime Command are appealing for witnesses and interviewing some of those present in the club on the night in an attempt to gather new evidence.

A reward of up to £20,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible.

“My son was 18, just a bud waiting to blossom, he thought he was going out to enjoy himself but did not return home, instead I had to identify him in a mortuary and look at him for the last time in a coffin,” said Graham’s mother Cheryl Evans.

"His life was taken by a young person who did not hesitate to use a knife as his way of conquering his ego, trying to show that he was a bad man.

Evans continued: “This heartfelt message goes out to the person or persons who knows what happened on that night, there were 300 people in the venue someone saw something, how can any individual with a heart stand by and allow another family to suffer just as we are, you witnessed a young person yield a knife and pierce my sons heart causing him to die in the venue.

“Just writing this the pain and tears just flow everyday every week every year we cry, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas when he should be here to celebrate we have to buy flowers to lay on his graveside. Does this person know what we have had to go through is he aware of impact his actions, I assume he doesn't really care.”

She added: “You have left us with nothing just a very dark cloud that hangs in every walk of our life. I cannot change what has happened, but you can. We plead with you to break down the wall of silence and contact Crimestoppers with any name or information that you may have to help us receive justice for Warren so that we can have closure. It could be your child tomorrow."

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Incident Room at Barking on 020 8345 1570.

If you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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