Abdul Mayanja murder: Two arrests after RAF cadet shot dead in Stratford

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a young RAF cadet was shot dead near the Olympic Park.

Abdul Mayanja, 19, died in hospital after he was gunned down as he walked from his home to attend a friend’s barbecue party.

He was shot in the street yards from Maryland Station in Stratford at about 10.40pm on Friday, August 25. 

Scotland Yard said two men, aged 22 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of Sunday. 

They were taken into custody at an east London police station.

Abdul Mayanja’s family said they had lost their “beacon of light”

A post-mortem examination held at East Ham Mortuary on Wednesday, 30 August found Mr Mayanja’s cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

Detective Inspector Paul Considine, leading the investigation, said: “Although we have made two arrests, I am still eager to hear from anyone who was on Well Street or in the surrounding area at the time of the murder.

“Any information, no matter how insignificant, may provide vital in helping us confirm what happened that night.”

DI Considine said Mr Mayanja left his home at 10pm, just 40 minutes before he was shot, and urged anyone who knows who he was with during that time to come forward.

His devastated family paid tribute to him as a “beacon of light”. Mr Mayanja, a cadet flight sergeant, who lived in Plaistow with his family, had been scheduled to move to Los Angeles to finish his training.

His father Kidza told the Standard his son had been “destined to fly in the RAF” after starting his training at 14 at 338 West Ham Squadron air cadets.

The business consultant, 58, said: “He was a responsible young man and couldn’t stop making new friends.

“He kept contact with everyone he met from around the world in the cadets. He was a beacon of light to our family and community.” 

Any witnesses, or anyone with any information, are urged to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or to give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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