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Family of Hackney murder victim issue tribute

VICTIM: Abraham Badru

THE FAMILY of a man murdered in Hackney have paid tribute to their son and brother, saying they are "beyond heartbroken", and urging the public to help find his killer.
Abraham Badru, aged 26, was found on Sunday, 25 March to Ferncliff Road, E8, suffering from gun shot wounds and he died at the scene.

His family said: "We are beyond heartbroken, filled with emptiness as we put together our feelings on our greatest loss. A bright light, Abraham Oluwatosin Dolapo Badru, was put out by the hands of evil person on Sunday night. ]

"His mother’s only child, the pillar of her existence, and the first of his father's two children. He was the best son any parent could ever pray to have and a very loving and protective brother; he was humble, conscientious, respectful, kind and exuberated love and confidence.

"Abraham was goal-driven, a very ambitious, hard-working young man who also dedicated his time, skills and talent to different charities for different causes. He was studious and worked extremely hard to earn a BSc in Sport Science and a MSc Professional Practice in Sports Coaching at University of Gloucestershire, he was aspiring to also have a PhD under his belt. He was an upstanding individual who advocated unity and peace in his community and to those that surrounded him.

"Abraham was truly one of a kind, he was his mother’s world, equally he cherished her and cared for her in every way he could. They were best friends, he was an absolute joy who never stopped smiling, a smile that would melt hearts, always willing to help everyone he came across. He was always striving to improve his life and the lives of those he cared for. He was a highly dependable son and friend.”

A post-mortem examination took place at Poplar on Wednesday 28 March and gave the cause of death as 1a Shotgun wound to the chest.
There have been no arrests at this stage and detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) are investigating.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: "This is a tragic and shocking incident - a young man with ambitions and so much to live for gunned down in the street. His family and friends cannot comprehend what has happened.

"We need to build up a picture of Abraham’s life , who all his friends were, girlfriends and any disputes that he may have had. We want to focus on his movements from Saturday up to the point of his death - were you with Abraham, did you speak to him?

"I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in Ferncliff Road and the surrounding roads between around 22:30hrs and 22:15hrs. Did you see anyone loitering, any vehicles or people that looked out of place?

"Abraham had a nice car, it would probably have caught your eye parked in a street - did you see it that night? If you were in these roads at the time of the shooting, it is really important that we hear from you to account for your movements and to exclude you from the investigation.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099, via 101 or @MetCC. Alternatively, to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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