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Wilson Varela: One year on from ‘senseless’ shooting killers have not been caught

Detectives offering £10k reward for information reveal they have tracked suspects to Holloway

08 September, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela with girlfriend Julie Krasevec

ONE year on from the drive-by shooting of a man in Kentish Town, detectives have renewed their appeal to the public for information about the “senseless killing”.

Wilson Varela, 24, was gunned down in Malden Road near The Fiddler’s Elbow shortly before midnight on September 8, lasyt year, in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity.

His girlfriend said he had just gone out to buy some milk.

Mr Varela was later found suffering a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight.

A year on, detectives have still not caught those responsible. 

Two men – aged 22 and 21 – were arrested in October 2019 on suspicion of murder. They were released and remain under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe said: “This was a senseless killing, and one which has shattered the lives of Wilson’s family and partner. A year on, they are still searching for answers. The pain is still there.

Aspiring musician Wilson was killed in case of mistaken identity

“We know a shotgun was used. We know the offenders made off on a moped. We have tracked them on CCTV from the murder scene straight to the Surr Street area of Holloway.

“Were you there? Did you hear or see anything suspicious? Did you see a moped matching the description making off? Did you see the moped and riders waiting in Marsden Street by Malden Road? We know there are people out there who know who did this.

“We want to hear from anyone who might know anything – no detail is too small. It is not too late to do the right thing.”

He added: “Wilson was a young man with a bright future ahead, but it was brutally snatched from him. Why would anyone protect someone capable of such cruelty? There are people out there who either know why this happened or who was responsible but have, so far, chosen not to come forward. I would urge those people to come forward now. Help us get a killer off the streets. If you know anything, do the right thing and call us before they harm someone else.

Police are asking people to “do the right thing”

“Help us get justice for Wilson and his family.”

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information that they receive that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for Wilson’s murder.

Alexa Loukas, London Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “You may have a sense of loyalty but want to do the right thing. This is your chance to put things right, to speak up 100 per cent anonymously and help Wilson’s family, who are devastated, to get the justice they so deserve.

“No one will ever know your identity. We cannot trace your call or track your IP address and we never ask for or record any personal information.

“If you’re a young person, you can also report anonymously via Crimestoppers’ dedicated youth service by visiting”

Crimestoppers is an independent charity which promises 100 per cent anonymity. Share what you know by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111 or using our website’s anonymous online form. 

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