Royal Airforce Force (RAF) cadet, Abdul Mayanja was on Friday shot dead near the Olympic Park, East London as he headed for a friend’s barbecue party.
He was 19.
The gruesome incident which occurred in the street yards from Maryland Station in Stratford was, according to a UK website – Evening Standard – witnessed by Mayanja’s friends.
He died in hospital.
Mayanja’s family on receiving reports said they had lost their “beacon of light” and called for an end to bloodshed in London.
Mayanja, a cadet flight sergeant, was scheduled to move to Los Angeles to finish training, the family revealed.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom’s aerial warfare force.
Formed towards the end of the First World War, it is the oldest independent air force in the world.
The RAF’s mission, Google searches indicate, is to support the objectives of the British Ministry of Defence (MoD), which are to “provide the capabilities needed: to ensure the security and defence of the United Kingdom and overseas territories, including against terrorism; to support the Government’s foreign policy objectives particularly in promoting international peace and security”
The deceased’s father Kidza informed media that his son had trained at 338 West Ham Squadron air cadets at the age of 14, adding: “He was a responsible young man and couldn’t stop making new friends.”
His mother said, “We told him to be careful and we wanted him home early because we know that trouble can happen, especially on this bank holiday weekend.”
She further told reporter that “The first thought we had was he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, then went on: “We took so much pride in Abdul. He showed so much potential in everything he tried to do.”
London Police led by Detective Chief Inspector Will Reynolds are investigating the circumstances into which the enthusiastic young man died.
Mayanja is an old boy of Vienna College Namugongo.