Killing of Kelvin Odunuyi

The killing of Kelvin Odunuyi, also known as Lampz and DipDat,[1] occurred on 9 March 2018 outside the Vue cinema in Wood Green, London. The murder was retaliation for the death of Kwabena Nelson, a former member of the Northumberland Park Killers.

Kelvin Odunuyi
Born(1999-02-13)13 February 1999
Died(2018-03-09)9 March 2018
Wood Green, London
Cause of deathShot in the head

Background and death Edit

Kelvin was the son of Afishetu Oniru; his father ran a real estate business in Nigeria. He attended Fulneck School and Heartlands High School. [1][2]

Prior to his killing, Kelvin appeared in several videos, where he rapped about stabbing and shooting opponents.[3] However, the Evening Standard noted that there were claims that he was not involved in a gang.[1]

Around 12:30 a.m. on 9 March 2018, a moped carrying two people drove near the Vue cinema in Wood Green. One of the occupants fired a gun at Kelvin; he was declared dead at a hospital two hours later.[1] An article in The Telegraph noted that the death was retaliation for the death of Kwabena "Kobi" Nelson,[4] a former member of the Northumberland Park Killers. After Kelvin's death, his DNA was found inside the car that crashed into Nelson's car.[5]

Aftermath Edit

Following the death of Kelvin and other Nigerian youths in the UK, Abike Dabiri, an assistant to the President of Nigeria on foreign affairs, stated that the increase of Nigerian deaths in the UK "was worrisome and disturbing."[6] Kelvin's death was also mentioned in a song by rappers Tugga and Trills,[7] as well as in a song by OFB rapper SJ.[8]

A 21-year-old was arrested in connection with the shooting on suspicion of murder; he was later released.[9]

In 2021, a video showing a re-creation of Kelvin's death in a Grand Theft Auto game was described as appalling by his family.[2]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d Dunne, John (9 March 2018). "Wood Green shooting: grieving mother pays tribute to victim Kelvin Odunuyi aka Dipdat, who was gunned down in escalating gang 'postcode' war". Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b Warburton, Dan; Molyneaux, Ian (17 January 2021). "Family of North London murder victim taunted by thugs 'recreating killing on Grand Theft Auto'". Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  3. ^ Cobain, Ian (26 April 2018). "Lordship Lane: the London road paying a heavy toll for gang warfare". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  4. ^ Marks, Luke (6 October 2019). "My life on the front line as a Met Police murder investigator in London's bloodiest year". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 19 June 2022. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  5. ^ Gittos, Luke (3 September 2021). "Why are our young people killing each other?". Spiked. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Nigerian govt expresses worry over killings of Nigerians in UK". Premium Times. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  7. ^ Warburton, Dan (23 November 2019). "Thugs rap "I got you a coffin" in sick YouTube taunt to murdered teen's family". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  8. ^ Kurk, Tristan (29 January 2020). "Unmasked: Teenage killer is drill rapper offered £150k record deal while in prison charged with murder". Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  9. ^ Ovens, Ruth (14 October 2019). "The Met: Policing London BBC documentary prompts further appeals for 3 North London murder cases". Retrieved 19 June 2022.