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Renewed appeals in Keeno Harris murder investigation, Thornton Heath

News   •   Jan 27, 2017 06:00 GMT

[Image: Murder victim Keeno Harris]

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Thornton Heath have renewed their appeal for information and witnesses on the day his family is holding a memorial service celebrating his life.

Keeno Paul Delroy Harris, 28 (14.05.88), from Croydon, died on the evening of Tuesday, 29 November in hospital following an incident at the Function Rooms nightclub in Brigstock Parade on London Road, Thornton Heath two days previously.

The memorial for the father of one will be held on Friday, 27 January and his family has made an emotional plea for people to come forward and to assist detectives with their investigation.

On Sunday, 27 November police were called to the Function Rooms at about 05:00hrs to reports of a large fight. A large number of people were present but no injured party was identified at that time.

A short time later, police received a call to a south London hospital after Keeno had presented himself with a gunshot injury. It is believed that Keeno was shot during the incident inside the Function Rooms.

A post-mortem examination held on Thursday, 1 December gave the cause of death as a gun shot wound.

Detectives retain an open mind as to the motive of the shooting.

Detective Inspector John Massey, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said:

"It has been almost two months since Keeno was shot and killed. His family has been left completely devastated, especially his mother and daughter.
"Our investigation is progressing but we still require the help of those that were there that night, or anyone who has any information.

"There were a number of people present during the early hours of Sunday 27 November, and I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have either seen men present in possession of firearms at the venue or saw the altercation which resulted in Keeno being shot.

"It is only right that those with information come forward, we are urging you to do the right thing and come and speak with us. I can reassure any potential witnesses or those with information about this case that they will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially."

Jackie Harris, Keeno's mother said:

"It is very hard on me, although it is not just hard on me alone because my son has a daughter and the night he died it was her birthday. This has definitely left an impact on us all. I don't understand how someone can fire a gun into a crowded place like that. We as a family need answers so please if you have any information that could help us and the police you must come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4868 or via Twitter @MetCC

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Two men have been charged in connection with this investigation.

A 36-year-old woman [C] arrested in Wolverhampton on Tuesday, 6 December on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed pending further enquiries.

A 44-year-old man [D] who was arrested in Liverpool was released with no further action.