Ugandan Royal Air Force [RAF] cadet Abdul Mayanja, 19, has been named as the teenager shot dead on his way to a barbecue in London.
Mayanja, a cadet flight sergeant, was just days from leaving for Los Angeles [LA] to start training, hoping to one day realise his dream of becoming a pilot.
He was shot near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London on Friday evening.
A Gofundme page has been set up to raise money for Mr Mayanja’s family, which describes him as a ‘wonderful man’ and suggests he could have been targeted because of something he was carrying or where he was from.
A message on the page reads: ”Help raise money for the Mayanja family who lost their son, Abdul.”
“Abdul was a great person to everyone he was loved and cherished, a great older Brother & Son & A outstanding Brother to all his peers & fellow RAF members.”
“His death was a shock to many people, our society is coming to a stage where young teens are targeted because of their belongings & where they are from.”
A murder investigation has been launched but no arrests have been made, the Metropolitan Police said.
Detectives believe Abdul left his home in Plaistow at around 10pm on Friday and may have been in the company of two women, described as black.
Armed police and paramedics attended the scene in Well Lane at 10.40pm after being called to reports of shots fired.
Mr Mayanja was rushed to an east London hospital but he later died in hospital.
Detective Chief Inspector Will Reynolds, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘We know he left his home address in his car at around 10pm and was then found injured by officers at 10.40pm, so we are keen to establish who he was with and his movements during that time.
“We know from information we have been provided with so far that he may have been in the company of two women, described as black. If you are those women we want to hear from you. I understand that they may be scared or reluctant to come forward but it is vital that we hear from them.”
Source: Metro UK