Unsolved murders in London: 2022


Eleven murder cases in London from the year 2022 remain unsolved. Can you help bring the killers to justice?

Naomi Hunte, 41, was found dead at her flat in Congleton Grove, Plumstead, Greenwich, at around 8.25pm on 14 February. A postmortem confirmed the cause of death was a stab wound. A 63-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on 18 February but nobody has been charged.

Eovinas Lukosevitius, a 36-year-old Polish national who lived in Hounslow, was found collapsed outside Hounslow West tube station in Cavendish Parade at around 3.36am on 12 March. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.27am. A postmortem examination was inconclusive but police believe he was involved in a fight with another man approximately an hour before his death. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. Detective Chief Inspector Jim Shirley said: “Despite an arrest being made we still need to hear from any members of the public who have information about what happened to Eovinas. We believe he was in the Hounslow area in the hours leading up to his death and I would ask anyone who saw any suspicious activity to come forward to police.”

Petru-Sorin Doleanu, 41, died in hospital on 29 March as a result of brain injuries he suffered during an assault three months earlier. Police said he was with two friends near the Job Centre in St John’s Road, Wembley, when he was approached by an unknown man and punched in the head shortly before 9pm on 17 December 2021. His friends called an ambulance the following morning and paramedics alerted police at around 11am. He remained in hospital until his death. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on 15 July 2022 and released under investigation.

Daneche Tison, 26, was shot outside a block of flats in Bruckner Street, Queen’s Park, City of Westminster, at around 1.56am on 19 July. He arrived at hospital at around 2.10am but died a short time later.

A postmortem found he died of a gunshot wound to the heart, and also suffered a gunshot wound to the back. Eight men were arrested during the investigation but nobody has been charged.

Appealing for information in August, Daneche’s family said: “It’s been a month since we lost our beloved son, brother, grandson, and nephew Daneche Tison. Our lives will never be the same. Our sole mission now as a family is to find out who was responsible for cutting such a young and talented life short before his time, and will not rest until we do. We would appreciate anyone who may have any information, to please contact the police.”

Camilo Palacio, 22, was shot in Stuart Crescent near Wood Green tube station in High Road, Wood Green, Haringey, at about 9.30pm on 24 July. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10pm.

The suspects are believed to have opened fire from a dark coloured Range Rover. At least six shots were fired, one of them hitting Camilo in the chest.

A 22-year-old man man was charged with murder on 4 July but the case was dropped on 14 September. Four others were charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice and await trial.

Deshaun James Tuitt, 15, was stabbed in Highbury Fields, Islington, shortly before 9pm on 4 August. He died in hospital a short time later.

Five boys aged 14 and 15 were arrested but nobody has been charged.

Detective Chief Inspector Joanna Yorke said: “We know that a large number of youngsters and adults were in the area surrounding where Deshaun was attacked and we continue to appeal for those people to tell us what they saw. I understand that some people may be reluctant, for whatever reason, to come forward and speak with police, but there is no benefit whatsoever in protecting a murderer.”

Deshaun’s family said: “Deshaun was a son, brother, nephew and cousin and the whole family are devastated by his death. Deshaun was 15 and didn’t get to live his life. We, as a family, understand that people are scared to come forward and speak to the police. We urge people to do the right thing. This is not an insignificant crime, it’s a murder and someone knows what happened that day. Justice won’t bring Deshaun back but at least we, as a family, can know what happened. To anyone who picks up a knife before leaving the house, remember it may be as simple as picking up your phone however the consequences can be devastatingly different. Social media glamorises violence and carrying knives. It is not glamorous, it’s dangerous and on the streets of London knives really are deadly weapons.”

Takayo Nembhard, 21, was stabbed in Ladbroke Grove under the Westway flyover at around 8pm on 29 August, the final day of the Notting Hill Carnival. He was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

A postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the femoral artery in the groin.

Takayo, a rapper using the name TKorStretch, was expecting a baby with his partner and had travelled from his home in Bristol to visit the carnival with his sister and friends.

Commander Dr Alison Heydari said: “There were hundreds of people in the immediate vicinity when this incident took place. I would urge anyone who saw anything, who has video footage or who has any other information that could assist officers, to come forward.”

Three men were arrested on suspicion of murder but nobody has been charged.

Takayo’s family said: “Takayo’s death has left a painful ache for all who loved him and still love him. He was so looking forward to being a dad and would have made a fabulous one as he came from a strong family unit. His son was born on 9 November and although this should have been a happy occasion, it was bittersweet. Our family, which includes his girlfriend, continue to struggle with coping without him on a daily basis. Our family beg the public to provide any info they may have, be that videos or photos that were taken on 29 August in the Ladbroke Grove area. Please help us to bring Takayo’s killers to justice and therefore some comfort to us knowing he didn’t die in vain.”

Maximillian Kusi-Owusu, 29, was shot near a block of flats in Kensington High Street, West Kensington W14, at around 2.02am on 4 September. He died in hospital at 5.32am.

The father-of-two was known as a drill rapper under the name M Lo, according to reports.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation.

Michael Agyare, 24, was stabbed in Fairfield Road, Kingston, on 13 October.

Police were called at around 10pm after the victim sought help in a pub garden in Fairfield East. Paramedics and the London Air Ambulance attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

DCI Wayne Jolley said: “It is really important that if you witnessed any part of this incident, even if you don’t think it was important, please come forward and speak to us.”

Zeqja Lumturi, 27, from Barking, was found injured in Church Lane, Leytonstone, Waltham Forest, after police were called to reports of a fight at 10.59pm on 16 October. He died at the scene.

A second man was also found injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

DI Adam Callaghan said: “Our priority is to find the person responsible and get justice for the victim and his family. I would appeal to anyone with information – no matter how small – to call police. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to us, call Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Lemar Rashawan Urqhart, 27, was shot in Railton Road, Herne Hill, Lambeth, at around 7.50pm on 30 October.

He had been in a white MG car which collided with a moped rider while being chased by a second vehicle.

The moped rider, Guilherme Messias da Silva, 21, was finishing his shift as a delivery driver at the time of the crash. Guilherme suffered fatal injuries in the collision at around 7.50pm and died at the scene.

Urquhart, who was known as Perm, got out of the vehicle following the crash and was pursued by a man from a second vehicle before being shot. He died at the scene.

The gunman then got back into the second car and fled the scene. 

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder in February 2023. Nobody has been charged and the case remains unsolved. (Previously a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in relation to Guilherme Messias but was later released with no further action.)

Crimestoppers are offering a £20,000 reward leading to the arrest and prosecution of the gunman.

The parents of Lemar are grieving the loss of their son and would like to appeal to anyone with information to come forward and assist the police in their investigation.

Statement by family of Lemar Urquhart

Guilherme Messias’s mother Rosangela said in a statement: “I am here to tell you how devastated and shattered I am by the premature death of my son who went to the United Kingdom in search of a better life for himself and our family. Unfortunately, Guilherme’s death happened in a tragic way, and it was caused by irresponsible people who deserve to be punished for taking away the life of an innocent person. My son was a calm, quiet and hardworking boy. My sadness goes beyond my soul for losing my beloved son.”

Note: Unsolved in this context refers to cases which have not yet resulted in a murder charge or a conviction. Cases may be added or removed when further information about the status of investigations is received.


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