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Imani shooting: two men charged with murder

Flowers and candle tributes are placed at the spot where 22-year-old was killed

10 July, 2020

Imani Allaway-Muir was shot dead on Saturday

A FAMILY have been left heartbroken after a young man was shot dead in broad daylight.

Flowers, candles and an Arsenal jersey with the words “Black Lives Matter” mark the spot on the Westbourne estate where Imani Allaway-Muir, 22, was killed on Saturday.

Two men appeared in court yesterday (Thursday) charged with his murder.

One note at the shrine said: “My nephew, my best friend, my little brother, I need you to come back. Love you so, so, so, so much, my first love, I love you forever.”

Tributes to the 22-year-old placed at the scene of the killing

And another read: “Rest in perfect peace, Imani, you will be truly missed, your smile won’t be replaced.”

Police were called out to Roman Way in Holloway on Saturday at 3.20pm, following reports of gunshots being fired.

Officers attended with paramedics and found Mr Allaway-Muir suffering from gunshot injuries. His next of kin were informed of the charges and are being supported by specially trained police officers.

Islington’s most senior police officer, Chief Superintedent Raj Kohli, said: “As a human, as a parent, as a police officer, this pointless death is just so upsetting. My thoughts are with the young man’s parents, family and friends.”

He added: “I cannot imagine what they are going through. In fact, I do not want to imagine what they are going through. Just heartbreaking.”

Labour councillor Paul Convery, who represents Caledonian ward which includes the ­Westbourne estate, said: “Specialist Met Police investigators have acted swiftly and decisively.

“Unlike so many violent incidents it seems like information was forthcoming from places where silence is too often the norm.”

Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry said: “My thoughts are with the ­victim’s family and friends and local residents in whose midst this terrible event occurred.”

Matthew Hardy, 34, of Finsbury Park, was charged with murder, while Nathaniel Reece, 39, of Southgate Road, faces one count of murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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