Luton shooting victim 'uncle' to dead cyclist Delaney Brown

Police in Brunel Road, Luton Police believe Paul Foster was fatally injured in Brunel Road

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A man shot dead in Luton had lived with the family of a cyclist killed in a crash last year, the BBC has learned.

Paul Foster, 46, known as Big Shyne, died at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital on Tuesday night.

It has emerged he was a partner of the sister of Delaney Brown, 19, killed on 5 September last year in Vincent Road, and was "regarded as an uncle" to him.

Police have said they are keeping an open mind on the any link between the deaths of Mr Brown and Mr Foster.

Paul Foster Paul Foster was "like an uncle" to Delaney Brown

Officers believe Mr Foster was involved in an incident in Brunel Road, about two miles from Vincent Road in the town's Leagrave area.

They have appealed for members of the Afro-Caribbean community to contact them with any information.

Wayne Brown, Mr Brown's father, belongs to Luton's Afro-Caribbean Strategic Partnership, a new group set up to advise police, councils and many other groups on issues involving the community.

Van sought

Saundra Glenn, 53, the vice chairman of the group and an independent candidate in last year's elections for Bedfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said the death of Mr Foster came as a "shock" to the Afro-Caribbean community in Luton.

She said she had spoken to Mr Brown this week and had been told "Big Shyne lived with the Brown family for a while and was regarded as an uncle to Delaney. He was a family member."

Delaney Brown Delaney Brown died in September

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, investigating Mr Foster's shooting, wants to trace anyone who saw a white Ford Transit-style van seen speeding from the Brunel Road area.

A silver BMW and a silver Vauxhall Corsa were found abandoned near the hospital. Both have been recovered for further examination.

Det Supt Jeff Hill said he "would not be drawn into speculating" on why Mr Foster was shot but believed the key to finding out what happened could be found "within the community".

Kyle Beckford, 22, of Waleys Close in Marsh Farm, Luton, is due to go on trial at Luton Crown Court on 29 April, accused of the murder of cyclist Mr Brown.

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