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Grandfather: Grandson did not deserve to die

Delaney Brown's grandfather at today's appeal Photo: Martin Stew, ITV Anglia

The grandfather of teenager murdered in Luton admitted that his grandson was 'not perfect' but said he did not deserve to die.

Delaney Brown, 19, was knocked off his bike by a silver BMW on Vincent Road, Luton, earlier this month.

The damaged car had been stolen, and was found abandoned nearby. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the killing, but have been released on police Bail.

Today Delaney's grandfather, also called Delaney, appealed for help in achieving justice for his grandson.

Delaney was our grandson. He was 19 and did not deserve to die. He had his whole life ahead of him.

"He was loved by his family and Delaney was very special to us all. We don’t pretend he was perfect. We know he was not. But he was a son, brother and grandson who mattered to us."

– Delaney Brown senior

Mr Brown said he wanted to highlight the side of his grandson that people may not know.

He said Delaney was a talented young man who loved music and fashion and was a brilliant artist. The teenager was also a rapper, who performed under the name Delzman.

I have come here today to fight for justice on Delaney’s behalf. He cannot do it himself.

I want to appeal to those directly involved to come forward. I know what a difficult thing this is to do, but it will live in your conscience forever if you dont. Please contact the police.

We don’t want to see another young person hurt and would hate to see another family go through what we have. There is no animosity here. As a family we have forgiven those responsible.

– Delaney Brown senior

Investigating officer DCI Steve Collin said:

"My assessment of this investigation is that there are people either associated with Delaney or those involved in his death that can assist with this case but choose not to. This may be because they are scared or they see helping the police as being a ‘snitch’.

"We know not everyone likes the police, so don’t do it for us, do it for Delaney’s family. If you still choose not to help, you are the ones who will have to look Delaney’s family in the eye and say ‘I will not help you’."

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