Further appeal over Zest shooting

THE family of Jimoh Plunkett have again paid tribute to the Zest shooting victim as the police renew their appeal for witnesses to come forward.A cousin of Mr Plunkett, Marriane Minto, said the pain of losing him has not faded in the year that has passed since he was fatally shot on December 9 last year.

THE family of Jimoh Plunkett have again paid tribute to the Zest shooting victim as the police renew their appeal for witnesses to come forward.

A cousin of Mr Plunkett, Marriane Minto, said the pain of losing him has not faded in the year that has passed since he was fatally shot on December 9 last year.

Ms Minto said: “As well as a cousin he was a dear friend.

“Jimoh was a very special boy and things will never be the same without him,

“You could always rely on Jimoh to be there to help you, he may be late but he always came through.”

She said that October 1, which would have been Mr Plunkett's 25th birthday, was a particularly hard time for the family to cope with their grief.

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She said: “Close friends and family were left imagining what his 25th birthday would have been like.

“He was a great person to be around and his smile and laughter is sadly missed.”

She described her cousin as a 'strong minded young black man with lots to offer' and said he had never been in any trouble.

She also issued an emotional plea for anyone who knows anything to speak to police, and hopefully avert another tragedy.

She said: “Please someone come forward to help us before this person again takes another life and a loved one because they feel they have the power to do so.”

So far 15 people have been arrested on suspicion of murder or conspiracy to murder during the investigation into the shooting, and are currently on police bail.

An 18-year-old woman who was also arrested has had her bail cancelled.

Police are looking to speak to everyone who was in the club on December 9 last year, and anyone else who has information about the shooting.

They should contact the incident room by calling 01473 782000, texting 07624 800174 or emailing zestshooting@suffolk.pnn.police.uk .

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Have you been affected by gun crime in Ipswich or Suffolk? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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