Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 to anyone who is able to provide information on the murder in Hackney of a 20-year-old DJ last September.
The incident took place just after midnight, at a birthday party Elyon Poku was DJing on Wilderton Road, Hackney on September 22. Poku, also known as DJ Nana Banger was attacked by at least one person carrying a large knife and died shortly after arriving at hospital, due to haemorrhaging and shock.
Multiple stabbings took place at the event, which was attended by around 200 people. Others who sustained stab wounds at the same event survived their injuries and witnesses said that there were several individuals who were seen to be in possession of knives.
Alexa Loukas, London Regional Manager for Crimestoppers charity, said: “Our charity believes everyone has the right to feel safe from crime, wherever they live. This tragic loss of life has not only shocked the local community, but has also devastated his parents who are still desperate for answers as to the loss of their much-loved only son.
“We are well aware that some people are reluctant to speak to the authorities about Elyon’s murder, which is why Crimestoppers is reaching out to those in the local community who haven’t come forward to remind them that they can speak to our charity completely anonymously, stay safe and do the right thing.”
The Metropolitan Police told EastLondonLines: “Nine arrests have been made as part of the investigation into Elyon’s death – six have been released under investigation and three released with no further action.”
A spokesperson from Crimestoppers told Eastlondonlines: “The reward was enhanced because it was a murder. We are offering up to £10,000 for information that is directed to us. People can contact us anonymously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 356 days a year.”
Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping witnesses to safely pass on information to authorities anonymously.
Hackney has the 5th highest ranking of all London boroughs for knife crime. For the past 12 months, there has been an average of 57 knife related incidents reported in in the area.
Enquiries regarding the motive of the stabbing continues.
If anyone has information regarding the incident, please call the charity’s Contact Centre on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org