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UPDATE: Victim of fatal stabbing named

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Bow
continue to appeal for information and witnesses.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 16:29hrs
on Saturday, 13 May, to reports of a seriously injured man in
Eagling Close, E3.

Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air
Ambulance attended the location, where the man was pronounced
dead at 17:37hrs. He had been shot and stabbed.

Formal identification has now taken place and the victim has
been identified as 41-year-old Brenton Roper. His next-of-kin
have been informed.

A post-mortem examination held on Tuesday, 16 May at Poplar
Mortuary gave the cause of death as death as gunshot
injuries.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are
investigating.

They are keen to speak with any passengers who were travelling
westbound between Bromley-by-Bow and Bow Road on the
Hammersmith and City or District Lines between 16:25 and
16:30hrs on Saturday, 13 May. These routes pass the area where
Brenton was found.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Wratten, said:
“We are continuing to appeal for anyone with information
regarding Mr Roper’s death to come forward and speak with
officers.

“This attack happened on a Saturday afternoon and I am certain
that it would have been witnessed by a number of people.

“It is possible that someone who was travelling on the tube saw
the beginning or aftermath of Mr Roper’s murder but have not
realised how serious the incident was. I would urge them to
call the incident room.”

Mr Roper’s family said: “Brenton was a loving
and loyal son, dad, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He was a
well respected man and had respect for others; we are all
devastated that he was taken from us in such a horrific
way.”

A 16-year-old boy [A] and an 18-year-old man [B] were arrested
on suspicion of murder on Saturday, 13 May and taken to east
London police stations. They have both been released on
conditional bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that may
assist police is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8217
6582 or via Twitter @MetCC

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on
0800 555 111 or online at the crimestoppers-uk.org
website.

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