10 July 2024 15:33 One year anniversary of Claudyo Lafayette murder prompts Crimestoppers to offer £20,000 for anonymous information One year on from the murder of Claudyo Lafayette, the independent charity Crimestoppers has issued a £20,000 reward.

Claudyo Lafayette was just 17 when he was fatally stabbed on Granville Road in Brent, on Friday, 14 July 2023.

His mother Yzakia Jauad said: “I know whatever I say or do will not bring my son back, but I am pleading for your help to get the justice my son deserves.

“Claudyo had a real sense of injustice when it was done to other people. He would always go out of his way to help others. His friends and especially younger children would actually wait for him at the school gate for whatever reason, he was their safeguard which says a lot about his character.

“That’s why it’s my obligation as his mother to make sure we get justice for our son.”

The charity Crimestoppers is supporting the police investigation by offering up to £20,000 for information they exclusively receive – either via their website or by phone – that leads to the conviction of those responsible for Claudyo Lafayette’s murder. This reward is available for three months and is due to expire on 10 October 2024.

Alexa Loukas, London Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers said: “Claudyo’s death has devastated his family and friends. We know there are a number of people at the birthday party who witnessed the attack and, for whatever reason, have not come forward.

“Maybe you saw something or heard something about the incident but don’t know who to tell, or you think it might not be important.

“We know that young people don’t want to speak to the police for fear of being labelled a snitch, but you can safely tell Crimestoppers. We are not the police. We can’t identify who you are and will never ask for any of your personal details, but we can pass on what you know.

“Claudyo had his whole life ahead of him and stood up to injustice – he now deserves someone to come forward and do the right thing for him.”

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, who is leading the investigation, said: “A year on from Claudyo’s murder marks a year into our investigation. We have made significant progress with our enquiries, but we are yet to secure a conviction.

“There were many people around on the night of Claudyo’s murder, some of whom saw or know what happened to him.

“I am asking you on behalf of the police and Claudyo’s family to tell us what you know.

“I also ask that anyone who may have captured any footage of the incident on their phone to get in touch.”

Five people have previously been arrested in connection with the investigation and remain on bail.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111 or you can complete an anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

Please note: With Crimestoppers and Fearless, when you visit these sites, computer IP addresses are never traced. Telephone calls are never recorded, there is no caller line display and no 1471 facility. The charity is completely independent of the police and guarantees that your personal identity will always be protected.

Claiming a reward:
The reward will only be payable for information passed directly to Crimestoppers and not to the police. A reward code must be asked for when calling the charity on 0800 555 111. If you contact Crimestoppers via the anonymous online form, the ‘keeping in contact’ facility must be used and a reward code must be requested on your initial contact with the charity.

More information about rewards can be found on the Crimestoppers’ website.

Anyone with information can call police via 101 quoting reference CAD 8929/14Jul or visit https://mipp.police.uk/operation/01MPS23V46-PO1. To stay anonymous or to be eligible for a reward, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website Crimestoppers-uk.org or call 0800 555 111.