Tributes paid to engineering student shot dead at house party in south east London
February 3, 2015
Congolese Clive Massi, 24, was an engineering student at the
College of North West London
In the early hours of Sunday morning a young man died after being shot at a block party in south east London.
24-year-old Clive Massi was at a party in at tower block in Erebus Drive, Greenwich, when he was shot at approximately 4.30am. The young man was driven to hospital by two friends but was pronounced dead by doctors at 6.30am.
Neighbours described hearing gunshots and screaming before armed police arrived on the scene. One local resident describing the commotion said: “My wife heard two shots and then a woman scream. Then there was shouting and the sound of people running down the stairs.”
Another neighbour expressed his absolute shock at the tragic events of Sunday morning. “It's scary as […] I have children and I sometimes leave my 14-year-old playing on the computer but now, no,” said the neighbour. "It's normally a very quite, family area. I'm shocked."
Police have arrested a total of eleven people in relation to the fatal attack. Two women and four men, all aged 19-26, have been arrested and bailed until mid-March. Five other men, who were arrested at the scene of the crime, have been released with no further action to be taken against them.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “Enquiries are ongoing. Detectives from Homicide and Major Crime Command investigate.”
Mr Massi and his family arrived in the UK over ten years ago as refugees fleeing conflict-ridden Congo.
The victim, who had been involved in gangs as a teenager, had since worked hard to reform himself and was in his second year of an engineering course at the College of North West London.
A college spokesperson said: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of this tragic incident, and extend our condolences to Clive’s family and friends.”
Clive’s sister, Jennifer Massi, 21, has expressed the grief that she and her family are undergoing and their need “to see [Clive’s] murderers caught.” “This has torn my family’s world apart […] We are heartbroken. My parents don’t know what to do, where to go, what to say,” said Ms Massi.
Ms Massi described her brother’s caring and hard-working nature. “Clive hated violence. He was a lovely, sociable guy who cared about his studies and wanted to make his family proud and make a better life for himself.” She added, ““He had been caught up in gangs until three or four years ago but he had broken away. He had new friends and dreamed of being an engineer. He was really focused on that.”
Anyone with any information related to the incident is urged to contact either police detectives on the non-emergency line 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.