Claudyo Lafayette: Grieving mother appeals for justice for her son one year on from his murder

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A grieving mother whose son was murdered in a knife attack outside a party is appealing for information on the anniversary of his death.

Claudyo Jauad Lafayette, 17, was stabbed during a fight in Granville Road, Kilburn at around 11.22pm on July 14 2023.

The attack took place outside of a party attended by more than 100 people at The Granville events venue.

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Claudyo died at the scene and a postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen.

As the anniversary of his death is approaching, Crimestoppers is offering a £20,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to a successful conviction.

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Speaking at the scene where her son was killed on Wednesday, Claudyo’s mother Yzakia Jauad said: “I know whatever I say or do will not bring my son back, but I am pleading for your help to get the justice my son deserves.

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“Claudyo had a real sense of injustice when it was done to other people. He would always go out of his way to help others. His friends and especially younger children would actually wait for him at the school gate for whatever reason, he was their safeguard which says a lot about his character.

“That’s why it’s my obligation as his mother to make sure we get justice for our son.”

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Det Ch Insp Wayne Jolley, who is leading the investigation, said: “A year on from Claudyo’s murder marks a year into our investigation. We have made significant progress with our enquiries, but we are yet to secure a conviction.

“There were many people around on the night of Claudyo’s murder, some of whom saw or knew what happened to him.

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“I am asking you on behalf of the police and Claudyo’s family to tell us what you know.

“I also ask that anyone who may have captured any footage of the incident on their phone to get in touch.”

Five people have previously been arrested in connection with the investigation and remain on bail.

Anyone with information can call police via 101 quoting reference CAD 8929/14Jul or visit https://mipp.police.uk/operation/01MPS23V46-PO1.

To stay anonymous or to be eligible for a reward, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website Crimestoppers-uk.org or call 0800 555 111.

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