Joseph Burke-Monerville shooting: 'Mistaken identity'

Joseph Burke-Monerville
Image caption Joseph Burke-Monerville was studying forensic science at university

A teenager who was shot in the head in a double shooting was the victim of mistaken identity, police have said.

Joseph Burke-Monerville, 19, from Islington, was shot in Clapton, east London, at 20:20 GMT on Saturday. He died several hours later in hospital.

He was sitting in a parked car with his twin brother, who was not injured.

Mr Burke-Monerville's older brother, 22, was sat in the front of the car and was also shot but is stable in hospital.

Officers are appealing for two suspects seen running from the area.

Mr Burke-Monerville had no links to gangs, Scotland Yard believes.

According to information on his Facebook page, he was studying forensic science at London Metropolitan University.

'Three gunshots'

A post-mortem examination found he had been shot in the head.

Det Supt Gordon Allison of Operation Trident, which tackles gang-related crime, said: "As far as we're concerned, this looks like a tragic case of mistaken identity.

"They have parked just opposite a shop - we believe they were going to go into the shop and make a couple of purchases and then they were going to go home.

"They have been approached by the two suspects, a short conversation has taken place and as a result of that, three shots were fired into the vehicle, resulting in the fatal injury of the victim."

One of the suspects seen running from crime is described as a black man while the other is light-skinned, possibly of Asian or Turkish appearance, police said.

The men were seen making off on foot from Hindrey Road where they headed towards the Pembury Estate.

A resident, who did not wish to be named, said she heard three gunshots.

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Media captionA 19-year-old was shot dead while a 16-year-old was stabbed in two separate incidents

The woman, aged 70, said: "I heard the shots - one, two, three.

"I was on the phone to my son and he told me to not to dare look out the house.

"It's been a lot better around here recently. There hasn't been anything like this for many years."

Another resident, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said: "With this happening now, I don't think people will feel safe.


"There have been shootings here before but this is the first murder."

Mr Burke-Monerville had spoken on Facebook of his excitement about a planned holiday to Magaluf on the Spanish island of Majorca next week, which he said would be "a week 'off' stress".

He wrote that he had previously attended Aloysius' Roman Catholic College in Highgate, north London, and Wesley High School in Otukpo, Nassarawa, Nigeria.

Tributes were paid on social networking sites as friends expressed their shock at the shooting.

Friend Timothy Timi-Kehinde Gbadeyan wrote: "I always hear about gun crimes, never thought my brother will ever be a victim. RIP Joseph Burke-Monerville."

Michaela Georgiou Francis described the killing as "disgusting", adding that people like Joseph did not "live that life".

She added: "Such a wonderful loving young man."

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