Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of Abraham
Badru in Hackney are renewing appeals for information from the
community, nearly 18 months on from his murder.
Abraham, a 26-year-old personal trainer, died on 25 March 2018 in
Ferncliff Road, E8 after being shot as he opened the boot of his car.
One arrest has been made in connection with the killing – an 18-yearold woman [A] arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in
November 2018 has been released under investigation.
On Monday, 9 September, homicide detectives from Specialist Crime
interviewed a 20-year-old man under caution within a London prison.
Active enquiries are ongoing, and a £20,000 reward for anyone with
information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible
for Abraham’s murder is still on offer.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, is leading the investigation.
He said: “My team are totally committed to getting justice for Abraham
and his family. Despite a wall of silence which has tried to stifle my
investigation, we are making progress and today’s interview of this
prisoner is just one example.
“We are determined to find out why Abraham was targeted and
gunned down in such a brutal way and bring the perpetrators to
justice. We have now recovered his laptop and I believe this could be
“We have made several appeals but we know that a number of people
who know something have chosen not to come forward.
“Whilst we are developing a line of investigation connected to one of
several relationships he had, there is always the possibility that this
may have been a case of mistaken identity and that Abraham was
killed in error.
“Shortly after 11pm on the night of the murder, there was a man and
woman in Ferncliff Road. The woman was white and wearing a threequarter length Puffa-style coat. She was walking along Ferncliff Road
in the direction of Foxley Close, really near to where the murder took
“The man was also white and wearing shorts. He was seen a short
time after the woman, also walking on Ferncliff Road. Everything
would suggest that these are local people and we need to speak to
them. Despite the passage of time, I am sure they would remember
what happened just minutes later.
“I am also really keen to speak to the person who called the police
incident room in June 2018. The caller was ringing on behalf of a
friend who I believe holds really important information and could have
seen something vital at the time of, or immediately after, Abraham’s
murder. If you’re that person please call us back.”
Abraham had spent 25 March 2018 – which was a Sunday – shopping,
collecting a takeaway and seeing his father. Between 22:20 and
22:40hrs he visited a woman before travelling home. During the
journey home he had a phone call with another woman lasting 44
minutes. At 23:11hrs he was fatally shot while still on the phone.
Police were called to the scene following reports of gunshots heard.
Abraham died at the scene from a shotgun wound to the chest.
Moments after the shooting, a black male believed to be wearing a
black Puffa-type jacket ran from the scene, before getting on a bicycle.
He had a rucksack on his back. The bicycle is described as white and
didn’t have any lights.
DCI McHugh added: “Abraham’s family have remained strong since
his death, they are inspirational, and their misery has been
compounded by the lack of people willing to come forward for
Abraham. How can it be, that so few people are willing to stand up for
such a popular lad? What is heart-breaking is that a small nucleus of
local people are in the know and they remain silent.
“Of course people may be scared by the very nature of the murder
within their community. But there are other ways to provide us with
information rather than calling police directly – you can speak to the
charities Crimestoppers or Fearless completely anonymously. They
have amazing track records of helping to remove dangerous people
from our streets. And your information will be totally anonymous.
“I am convinced that people in certain circles have information and
have talked about Abraham’s murder. I know it is a huge step to call
police, but consider the pain that Abraham’s mother is going through;
you could remove the pain and you will make Hackney safer for your
family and everyone who lives and works there.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police incident
room in the strictest confidence on 020 8785 8099. Alternatively, to
remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 – they will not
ask your name or trace your call. You can also visit http://www.fearless.org
to pass on information anonymously.
In addition to witnesses and those with information, detectives also
wish to speak with anyone who knew Abraham but has not yet been in
contact with police.
If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is
involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can
visit http://www.knifefree.co.uk or LondonNeedsYouAlive.