The family of a Croydon man who died 13 years after being shot in a Shoreditch bar have appealed for help on what would have been his 40th birthday.
Marvin Couson died in August after spending 13 years confined to a bed at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney, south-west London. He was unable to communicate and in need of constant care following a shooting in Shoreditch bar The Lime in 2002.
His mother, Emily Couson, said: “For 13 years Marvin was imprisoned and we visited him every day in hospital. Today we should have been celebrating Marvin’s 40th birthday and he should be here celebrating with us.
“I want to forget the time when I was told Marvin had been shot – in the early hours of 12 May, 2002. But I will never forget that day. Marvin was my son, a brother and a father. To whoever killed Marvin, my little boy, you tried to kill our family.”
The Couson family, who live in West Norwood, are appealing to anyone with information about the incident which happened on Saturday, May 12, 2002 to come forward.
Couson’s sister, Margaret Couson, said: “What I do remember is the projectile vomit, the bed sores, the trauma that the person who shot Marvin has caused, and the loss of my brother Marvin’s life.
“Marvin should have been here today celebrating his 40th birthday, we would have made it a special day and I know he would have smiled as we celebrated it with him; now we won’t even get that smile. My family appeal to those who know the name of Marvin’s killer to end our suffering by talking to the police.”
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: “What would have been Marvin’s 40th birthday is clearly a very sad and poignant time for his family. He should have been celebrating and instead he spent 13 years in a hospital bed unable to do anything for himself before tragically succumbing to his injuries.
“Since Marvin’s death we have traced a number of people who were in the bar that night but we need to speak to everyone who was there and continue to appeal for them to come forward”, he said.
Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.