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James Owusu-Agyekum, 22 who was from Harlesden, died after he was shot several times

The family of a man gunned down outside his own home in a case of mistaken identity have spoken of their ongoing heartbreak on the fourth anniversary of his killing. 

James Owusu-Agyekum, 22 who was from Harlesden, died after he was shot several times on Tynsdale Road, NW10, on 2 November 2016.

Four years on, police continue in their efforts to catch his killers and are appealing for the public’s help.

Detectives have released new footage showing the suspects in the area shortly before the brutal killing.

A reward of up to £20k is also on offer for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for James’ murder.

Police believe James was shot accidently in a dispute between local gangs.

He was a popular young man from a devout Christian family. Shortly before his death, he had taken time out from his studies to care for his disabled mother.

On the day he was killed, James was outside the house he shared with his parents when he was shot by one of two suspects who then fled to the nearby Stonebridge Estate on bicycles.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, of the Homicide and Specialist Crime Command, said: “Four years have passed since James’ life was cruelly taken from him. His family have had to live with the pain and torment of knowing his killer is still out there for all these years.

“They have not given up, and neither have we, and we are more determined than ever that we will catch those responsible for this terrible crime.

“James was a much-loved young man who would do anything for his family. He was a university student with big dreams and a bright future ahead of him. Sadly, all of that was brutally taken from him.

“We are releasing footage of two individuals we would like to speak to in connection with our investigation. I would strongly urge anyone who recognises them to contact us; all information will be handled in strictest confidence and could be key to the investigation.

“Anyone with any information, no matter how small the detail, is asked to get in touch. Help us get justice for James and bring his family a small measure of peace. You can remain 100 per cent anonymous by calling Crimestoppers.”

James’ mum, Deborah Owusu, said: “It is still fresh in my mind. I have days where I see him dying in my arms all over again. There has been no comfort in not knowing who or why these people heartlessly took my son’s life. Not knowing anything makes each and every day harder. James would do anything to help anyone. Now he needs everyone to help him.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Incident Room on 020 8785 8244 or call police on 101. Alternatively, tweet information @MetCC.

Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the secure online form which can be found on the Crimestoppers website crimestoppers_uk.org.

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