Plea to not view Alexander Kareem’s killing as ‘another black boy shot dead’

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The family of Alexander Kareem, who was killed in a case of mistaken identity, is begging the public to not view his death as “just another black boy who’s been shot”.

In a heartfelt eulogy to her brother, Khafi Kareem, 30, said she and her brothers “would have taken the bullet for him”, after Mr Kareem was shot dead in the street in Askew Road, Shepherd’s Bush, west London, on June 8.

Police said Mr Kareem, 20, was killed as he left a convenience store in a case of mistaken identity shortly after 12.30am.

Victoria Oloniluyi (centre), the mother of Alexander Kareem, during his burial at Margravine Cemetery in Hammersmith

Around 30 people attended the funeral service at the Church of the Holy Ghost and St Stephen in Shepherd’s Bush on Wednesday, and dozens more paid their respects at the burial in Margravine Cemetery in Hammersmith.

The youngest of four siblings, Mr Kareem was described as “brainy and intelligent”, and a computer whizz who enjoyed coding and playing the video game Fortnite.

He was about to embark on a new chapter of his life by starting university in September to study computer science.

The coffin of Alexander Kareem arrives at the Church of Holy Ghost and St Stephens, during his funeral service

Mr Kareem is survived by his mother Victoria Oloniluyi, sister Khafi, and brothers Henry, 29, and Kabir Kareem, 26.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting the reference CAD224/08June, or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online. were called to respond to the shooting.