Police name Kentish Town drive-by shooting victim as appeal for witnesses continues

12 September 2019, 23:35

Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela, aged 24, was killed in Kentish Town
Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela, aged 24, was killed in Kentish Town. Picture: Metropolitan Police

By Megan White

Police have named the man killed in a drive-by shooting in Kentish Town as 24-year-old Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela.

He was killed with a shotgun on Malden Road shortly before midnight on Sunday, with two possible suspects travelling on a moped.

Despite emergency services rushing to the scene, Mr Varela, from Forest Gate, died at the scene. At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe from the Specialist Crime Command said: “While our investigation continues to move at a pace, the motive for this shooting remains unclear.

“It is hard to understand what could have led to this murder, and we need someone to tell us why this happened.

“Although we have made previous appeals, I am confident that there are people out there who either know why this happened, or who was responsible but have, so far, chosen not to come forward.

“While our investigation moves forward, there is a devastated family who are in limbo, desperately trying to fathom why Wilson has been so cruelly taken from them.

“Is there a reason Wilson was targeted? Was he even the intended victim of the shooting?

"Every day that these questions remain unanswered, Wilson’s family continue to suffer the pain of not knowing. “I urge anyone who can help us complete the picture of the circumstances surrounding this incident to search their conscience and do the right thing.

“Contact my detectives who are waiting to take your call. Help us to take a gun and the murderer that fired it, off the streets of Camden. Your call, even anonymously, could literally save lives.”

A spokesperson for Wilson’s family said in memory of Wilson: “You will remain a legend for us all, your spirit will always and forever guide us like you used to.

“Thank you for being an inspiration to so many. We will love you forever. Always in our thoughts forever in our hearts. The race never stops.”