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Calvin Bungisa murder: Witnesses saw four men in hoodies and masks

'He always had the biggest smile on his face – it’s what he was known for'

06 April, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

A COMMUNITY was grieving again this week after a popular young man from Kentish Town was ambushed and murdered in the street. Calvin Bungisa, 22, became the 33rd murder victim in London this year after he was repeatedly stabbed in Gospel Oak on Monday evening.

His uncle, Jean Bungisa, said it was the second time in a year that the family was mourning. “He was a very good boy,” he said. “I found out he had died when I finished work. His dad passed away just last year. We were planning a memory stone for his dad and now this has happened.”

No arrests have been made and detectives are urging anybody with information to come forward.

A shrine of floral tributes was building at the scene in Grafton Road, at the junction of Vicar’s Road. One witness who was passing by chance near the time of the attack said they had seen four men, wearing hoodies and masks. “I could see there was a commotion going on up the road,” they said. “I saw this guy lying on the floor and this geezer stabbing him repeatedly, over and over. [The attacker] was wearing a grey hoodie and this white mask. I was shaking. I just felt so helpless. there were a gang of geezers and they were stabbing him, I could see him lying there as they surrounded him. I just felt sick.”

A Section 60 order, which gives police extra power to stop and search people within a certain area, was issued on Monday evening and extended last night. The order covers the whole of Camden and Islington. Officers have conducted extra “reassurance” patrols in the area for residents, and council leader Georgia Gould and Holborn and St Pancras MP Sir Keir Starmer have been to the scene, pledging to “redouble” efforts to stop violent crime.

“K”, one of Calvin’s childhood friends, said: “We knew each other from really young, grew up together, chilled together. He was a joker always and had a mad smile on his face. “He wasn’t an angel, but who is, right? I saw him less than half an hour before it happened and all I’ve been able to think is, what if I never left when I did. Maybe he’d still be alive.”

Calvin Bungisa

Police believe the assailants got into a car which was driven off in the direction of Weedington Road. No arrests have yet been made. Calvin, known to friends as “C”, grew up around Kentish Town and went to Haverstock Secondary School in Chalk Farm.

Tom Looney, a football coach at Kentish Town FC, used to teach Calvin. He said: “He always had the biggest smile on his face – it’s what he was known for.”

Another tribute sent to the New Journal remembered Calvin as the “sweetest guy growing up”. “[He] would always have the cheekiest grin on his face that could make anyone smile,” the message said. “Prayers go out to the family in such a hard time.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell said passing drivers should check their dashcams to see if the footage is any help.

He said: “This fatal stabbing took place in a busy road at 20:30hrs in the evening when lots of people would have been passing through the area on foot and on the road.  At this early stage in the investigation, we believe several male suspects ran out of Vicar’s Road and chased Calvin down Grafton Road before fatally attacking him.”

He added: “They have then run back into Vicar’s Road and got into a car, which drove off in the direction of Weedington Road. “Were you there? Did you see anything suspicious? Any information, no matter how insignificant you think it is, can help us to bring this young man’s killers to justice.”

Calls should be made to the Incident Room on 020 8721 4054, police on 101 quoting CAD7273/1Apr, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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