Memorial service a year after Daniel Smith was shot dead on Harrow Road
Family, friends and members of the community gathered on Harrow Road on Sunday to mark the anniversary of Daniel Omari Smith’s tragic murder.
Hundreds of people came together to celebrate Mr Smith’s life which was cut short when he was shot as he left KFC on May 22 last year.
Police believe the 22-year-old was not involved in any kind of crime but was killed in a case of mistaken identity.
Musicians from the area played and speakers, including Mr Smith’s mother Winnie Smith, spoke about issues associated with gun crime.
Ms Smith says she organised the event for family and friends to remember her son but also to keep the murder in the public eye in the hope of catching the culprits.
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“It’s the first anniversary of his death and still nobody has been charged,” she said.
“We just wanted to remember him and for people to realise that we don’t want the incident to be forgotten.
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“I can’t give up hope because there will be no justice for my son or my family. My son was an innocent person. He committed no crime.”
Mr Smith was shot in the back just after midnight last year. Last week police released new CCTV images of key witnesses they want to speak to about the incident as well as an image of the person they believe was the intended target.
“It’s nice to know that the community is still standing with us,” she said. “But the sad bit for me is that the people who know who committed the crime have not contacted the police and that’s why we are still hurting.”
Det Insp John Crossley said: “By not coming forward you are allowing these cowards to continue to ruin people’s lives and increase fear.
“If you are not coming forward due to loyalty, this really is misplaced. This could have been your son, brother, husband or friend. I urge you to look into your conscience.”
Anyone with information can call the incident room on 020-8733 4212 or 07824 548341, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.