The sister of a man stabbed to death at a rave in Bermondsey earlier this year has pleaded for witnesses to come forward to help catch her brother’s killer.
Jason Nyarko, 26, was killed at the unlicensed music event in Stockholm Road on June 26 at about 11.45pm this year. He died despite the best efforts of the paramedics who treated him at the scene. A teenager was charged with murder in June but the investigation is ongoing.
Officers have appealed for anyone to come forward who could help them – and Jason’s sister Goldie joined these calls on behalf of their family.
“It has been extremely difficult to face what has now become our reality and to accept and come to terms with what happened to Jason,” she said. “To be honest we don’t think we ever will.
“Losing Jason has ripped apart our family, devastated our lives and has left us heartbroken. Words will never be enough to convey how painful each day without our Jason is. Not only was Jason a twin, a brother, a son, an uncle, a cousin and a nephew, he was the one who kept the family strong and together. He was loved by so many and the impact of his death has left so many broken. Twenty-six years of happiness – that’s all we had.
“Even though we will never get Jason back, he deserves justice for what happened to him that evening. We know a lot of people have not come forward and we need those people to do so. Please just do the right thing. Jason went for a night out and never came back home. We never got to say goodbye. Someone chose to senselessly take his life away in the most horrific way.
“If anyone has any information on what took place that evening or witnessed what happened please share this with the police.”
Detectives investigating Jason’s death have released several images of potential witnesses they want to speak to in connection with the killing.
They said that no one will get in trouble for being at the unlicensed event – their only focus is bringing Jason’s killer to justice.
Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “While we have made progress with our investigation we know there are a lot of people who were there that evening who have not yet come forward.
“We know that there may be some reluctance to speak to us because this was an unlicensed music event which took place during Covid. I have a very clear message for anyone worried about this – you will not get in any kind of trouble for attending this rave.
“You might think what you saw or heard that evening is not relevant to us. That is not the case. Any information you have, no matter how insignificant you believe it to be, could prove vital to our investigation.
“You only need to read the words from Jason’s family to see how distraught they are. Think about how your information could help them get justice on behalf of their son and brother.
“If you are pictured in these images, or you know who these people are, please contact us or Crimestoppers as soon as you can.”