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Wilson Varela shooting: Motive ‘unclear’ as appeal for witnesses continues

'Is there a reason Wilson was targeted? Was he even the intended victim of the shooting?'

12 September, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

DETECTIVES say the motive for a fatal shooting in Kentish Town is “unclear” as they continue to appeal for witnesses.

Wilson Varela, 24, from east London, died shortly after midnight on Monday after being shot in the chest at the junction with Malden Road and Prince of Wales Road.

A spokesperson for Wilson’s family said in memory of him today: “You will remain a legend for us all, your spirit will always and forever guide us like you used to.

“Thank you for being an inspiration to so many. We will love you forever. Always in our thoughts forever in our hearts. The race never stops.”

Wilson Varela

Police have questioned today whether Wilson was even the intended victim of the shooting.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe from the Specialist Crime Command said: “While our investigation continues to move at a pace, the motive for this shooting remains unclear.

“It is hard to understand what could have led to this murder, and we need someone to tell us why this happened.

“Although we have made previous appeals, I am confident that there are people out there who either know why this happened, or who was responsible but have, so far, chosen not to come forward.

“While our investigation moves forward, there is a devastated family who are in limbo, desperately trying to fathom why Wilson has been so cruelly taken from them.

“Is there a reason Wilson was targeted? Was he even the intended victim of the shooting?

“Every day that these questions remain unanswered, Wilson’s family continue to suffer the pain of not knowing.

“I urge anyone who can help us complete the picture of the circumstances surrounding this incident to search their conscience and do the right thing.

“Contact my detectives who are waiting to take your call. Help us to take a gun and the murderer that fired it, off the streets of Camden. Your call, even anonymously, could literally save lives.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8358 0200 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also visit to pass on information anonymously.


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