Police launch urgent appeal to find BMW driver in Ola Raji murder

Admin (07 May, 2015)

Two people inside the car and a woman who joined them could help crack the case

208421-year-old Ola Raji was gunned down yards from the youth club he used to go to.

The police have launched an urgent appeal to speak to the occupants of a BMW spotted at the murder scene of 21-year-old Ola Raji two weeks ago.

The black 2011 vehicle was parked in East Surrey Grove opposite the Damilola Taylor Centre either during or immediately following the fatal stabbing and shooting of the former Sacred Heart pupil dead in the street around the corner from his old youth club on April 21.

It is believed that there were at least two people inside the car who were joined by a woman for around twenty minutes while she spoke to the driver.

The woman then got out and ran towards the scene of the shooting while the BMW stayed put. The driver then did a u-turn in East Surrey Grove and drove off towards Commercial Way with its lights off.

Police are keen to speak to the occupants of the car, its registered keeper and the woman who approached it.

Detectives believe that on the night of the murder, Ola made his way onto the estate riding a push-bike when he was confronted by two people who shot and stabbed him at around 10.30pm.

When police officers arrived they found Ola in a critical condition and he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at a central London hospital that night.

A post-mortem examination took place at Greenwich Mortuary on Thursday when the cause of death was found to be a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Detective Chief Inspector Will Reynolds, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “I would like to be very clear that the keeper and occupants of this vehicle are not suspects.

“We previously appealed to find the driver of a car travelling down Rosemary Road at around 10.30 on April 21. That driver has since come forward and been spoken to purely as a potential witness,” he added.

A 21-year-old and 24-year-old arrested in connection with the murder were bailed to return in early June pending further enquiries.

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

Flowers left at the murder scene in East Surrey Grove

Flowers left at the murder scene in East Surrey Grove

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