…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
The family of Alexander Kareem, an innocent student tragically killed in a case of mistaken identity in west London, remains determined to bring his killers to justice.
On the third anniversary of his death, a £20,000 reward has been offered to encourage new leads in the investigation.
Alexander Kareem, the brother of a serving Metropolitan Police officer, was shot near his Shepherd’s Bush home on June 8, 2020, while returning from a local shop on an e-scooter.
Mistaken Identity and Investigation Details:
The police believe that Alexander was mistakenly targeted by someone inside a stolen white Range Rover, which had fake license plates.
The vehicle was later found burnt out three miles away, while 9mm ammunition was discovered at the crime scene.
Unfortunately, the firearm used in the shooting was never recovered.
Despite the initial arrest of nine individuals, including a 16-year-old boy, they were subsequently released and informed that no further action would be taken against them.
Family’s Heartbreak and Determination:
PC Khafia Kareem, Alexander’s sister, expressed the devastating impact of her brother’s death, leaving a permanent void in their hearts.
As a social media personality and former participant on Nigerian Big Brother, she emphasized that their lives have been irreversibly changed.
Khafia Kareem reflects on her daily quest to ensure that she is doing everything possible to apprehend her brother’s killers.
She firmly believes that justice will prevail and that those responsible will face the consequences of their actions.
Community Support and Plea for Information:
Khafia Kareem implored individuals in the community who may have information about the perpetrators to come forward.
Highlighting Alexander’s innocence and lack of involvement in any criminal activities, she called upon community members to help create a safer London.
As a mother of young children, she expressed her concerns about the current state of their city and urged others not to accept such violence as the norm.
Khafia Kareem acknowledged her own shift in perception, from carefree outings to constant worry, emphasizing the need for justice and a return to a sense of security.
Brother’s Determination and Fear:
Alexander’s older brother, Kabir Kareem, shared his fear of potential reprisals from the criminals who took his brother’s life.
Despite this fear, he affirmed his commitment to remaining in the community where he and his brother grew up.
He believed that leaving the area would be a disservice to Alexander’s memory.
Kabir Kareem passionately expressed that the perpetrators, who callously ended his brother’s life while he innocently purchased sweets, must not go unpunished.
Police Appeal and Reward Offer:
In their ongoing efforts to solve the case, the police have initiated Operation SAVEH and hope that the newly offered £20,000 Crimestoppers reward will generate fresh leads and vital information.
Detective Inspector Rebecca Woodsford expressed optimism that the reward, particularly in light of the current cost of living crisis, may encourage individuals who were previously hesitant to come forward.
She emphasized the determination of the police force to apprehend the individuals responsible for Alexander Kareem’s murder.
Anyone with relevant information is urged to contact the police or Crimestoppers, quoting reference CAD 4830/07 JUN23.
The family of Alexander Kareem remains resolute in their pursuit of justice and hopes that the combined efforts of law enforcement and the community will ultimately bring his killers to account.