DETECTIVES investigating the ‘unprovoked and violent’ fatal stabbing of an Edgware man are appealing for information one year on with the announcement of a £20,000 reward.
Adeniyi Lateef Shode, 21, of Whitchurch Avenue, who was known as Ade or Enda, was attacked in Belvue Park at the junction of Rowdell Road, Ealing Road and Kensington Road, in Northolt, at 9.10pm on May 2 last year.
He was found bleeding outside a barber’s shop in Ealing Road and was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, but died two hours later. A post-mortem examination revealed the cause of death was stab wounds.
Detective Inspector Andy Manning, the officer heading the investigation, said: “It is suspected Ade knew his attacker and he was murdered because of a previous disagreement between him and the killer.
“I am appealing to anyone who has any information with regard to this senseless killing to come forward and give information to police. In particular, I am keen to speak with anyone who has any knowledge as to who killed Ade, why he was killed and who else was present during this unprovoked and violent attack.
“There is a reward of up to £20,000 for any information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the persons responsible for Ade’s murder.”
Mr Shode’s mother, Antonia Frances, said: “All our family thinks about Ade every day. We remember his laugh and smile and he always remains in our thoughts.
“It still hurts us to think that whoever killed Ade is still out there and we pray that it doesn’t happen to anyone else’s family.”
A man and two women were arrested in connection with the death on May 6 last year and a third man was arrested on May 9 last year. All four have been given police bail to return in June pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information can call the incident room at Hendon on 020 8358 0300. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.