Sadly, tomorrow marks another tragic day as it was three years ago when 14-year-old Corey Junior Davies, or CJ as he was known to his friends, was murdered in the most brutal way imaginable. As yet, despite the on-going police investigation, the perpetrators haven’t been found.
On 4 September 2017, CJ was with a small group of other young people in a playground in Moore Walk at just after 3pm. An unknown assailant or assailants passed by in a stolen Range Rover vehicle and multiple shots were fired into the crowd. CJ received a bullet wound to his head and was taken to hospital but died as a result of his injuries the following day, surrounded by his mother Keisha McLeod and loved ones.
While no arrests have yet been made in relation to his death, please come forward if you know anything about this murderous outrage. Please help us bring justice for CJ’s mum and if you know who did it, please don’t protect them.
If you don’t want to speak to police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, or its youth service Fearless, anonymously on 0800 555 111. They will never ask your name and cannot trace your call or any electronic device such as your phone or your computer. No one ever knows that you’ve passed on information anonymously. You can also make contact via Twitter @MetCC or call the non-emergency police 101 number, or the dedicated incident room number on 020 8345 3775. A £20,000 reward is being offered by the Metropolitan Police Service to anyone who can provide information that leads to a conviction.
I want to end by offering my deepest sympathies to CJ’s mother, Keisha McLeod. Over the two years that I have got to know her, through her valuable input as a distinguished member of our Youth Safety Board, I have seen first-hand her grace, strength and focus in pursuing justice for her beautiful son CJ, despite the daily anguish and pain that his murder has caused her.
As we move forward with our plans to build a better and brighter future for young people in Newham, we do so in remembrance of CJ and other young people who have been senselessly killed on our streets. I mourn their loss and offer condolences to their families.
They, like CJ, are not forgotten. My administration’s commitment and focus on youth safety will never diminish. Our children and young people in Newham, will not be ignored as they are our future and we will invest in them.