Tributes paid to "kind" father of two gunned down in drive-by shooting in Ilford

As detectives appealed for information, the family of a man gunned down on Sunday after being ambushed in a drive-by shooting have paid tribute to him, saying he was “kind and caring”.

Father-of-two Jason Diallo, 30, from Ilford, was shot in the head in East London by suspects who made their escape in a 4×4 vehicle.

Paramedics who were called tried to save him but he was pronounced dead at the scene in Balfour Road, Ilford.

This is the fifth murder incident in London in just four days.

In a statement his family said “Jason was a kind, gentle and loving man, who was an amazing husband and a devoted father to his two children who he absolutely adored. We cannot describe how sorely Jason will be missed by all of his family and everyone who knew and loved him.”

Perry Benton, Detective Inspector, who is leading the investigation said  “Jason was attacked by the occupants of a car who shot him and left him dying in the street. I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and witnessed any part of this incident to get in touch. Were you driving in the vicinity of Balfour Road that night and have dashcam footage? If so, please check it and see if you’ve captured anything that could assist us. I would also ask local residents who have CCTV or Ring doorbells to see if they have footage that could help us. My message to members of the local community is to come forward and tell my officers anything that could progress this investigation – Jason’s family deserve to know what happened and see those responsible held to account.”

So far no arrests have been made.


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