‘His smile brought joy to us all’ – mother pays tribute to Cheam son Kyle Kelson hot on Friday

His mother has paid tribute to a 25-year-old man shot dead in North Cheam on Friday, as police release his picture – and an image of a vehicle wanted in the investigation.

An investigation into the murder of Kyle Kelson continues, with inquiries centering on a car seen on footage driving away from the scene.

Kyle’s mother Angella Kelson said: “Kyle was a much loved father, son, brother and friend to so many people. His big beautiful smile brought joy to all of us.”

Police were called at 1.12am on Friday, 19 June, to reports of shots fired on Brocks Drive in North Cheam.

Officers, including firearms officers, found Kyle, from Cheam, in the street suffering from a gunshot injury. They immediately provided first aid.

Paramedics and London’s Air Ambulance also attended but despite the efforts of officers and paramedics, Kyle was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.45am. His next of kin are being supported by specialist officers.

A post-mortem examination held on 20 June at St Hellier Hospital Mortuary gave cause of death as a shotgun wound to the head.

The murder investigation was launched by detectives in Specialist Crime, overseen by Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard.

DCI Leonard said: “Our investigation is making progress, but I still need to hear from residents or people who were walking or driving through Brocks Drive in the early hours of Friday morning. Did you see anyone acting suspiciously? No matter how insignificant it may seem, you could have crucial information.


“I am also releasing an image of a dark coloured car that was seen driving away from the scene; we are not certain about the make and model. I want to hear from anyone who saw this car in the area or has information about it.

“A man has lost his life in violent circumstances and his family are devastated. They need and deserve answers and the community can help us provide them. If you have information, video or images that could help us, please contact us immediately.”

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 0208 721 4622, 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting reference Cad 414/19Jun.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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