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Dwayne Forrester murder investigation - family appeal one year on
The family of Dwayne Forrester say the year since his murder has been “horrific”.
Dwayne, who was just 21, was found stabbed in Little Garth, Pitsea at around 8.45pm on 7 July 2018.
Sadly, he later died in hospital.
Five people have been arrested in connection with Dwayne’s death and all have been released under investigation.
Speaking a few days before the year mark since his death, Dwayne’s family have told of the pain they still feel.
His mum Jackie said: “Every day I have to put a brave face on. Sometimes I’m working and it just comes to me and just want to cry and I just have to try to be strong all the time.
“It’s very frustrating not knowing who’s done it”.
Sophia, his older sister, says they need to know who’s behind his death: “Somebody’s taken something from us and we don’t even know why.
“We can’t undo it but at least having the answers about why somebody’s done it and having that person understand what they’ve caused I think that it offers some sort of closure.
His brother Alton said the last 12 months have been hell: “The last year has been horrific. Some of us are still in therapy now. It’s been full of tears, heartache.
“The times when you do feel something it’s actually a bit of a blessing because you actually feel something but, to be honest, it’s that absence of feeling that is the scariest part, it’s that shock. The body hasn’t quite recovered from the shock of what’s happened.
Dwayne’s dad, Winston, said: “It’s always in my mind the last time what he said to me. He was laying right there on the floor and he said ‘Dad, what do you want for your birthday?’
“And I said ‘well my birthday’s a long way away’ and he said ‘Yeah, but time doesn’t take long. Time goes quickly’.
“And I’ll always remember that. That’s the last of his voice I can recall.”
Detective Sergeant James Holmes, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Dwayne’s family have been through absolute hell over the last year and all they want is the answers to what happened to Dwayne and why.
“We’ve carried out a thorough investigation over the last 12 months and our enquiries have progressed well but we still need that vital piece of information which can help bring justice.
“To those who know what happened to Dwayne – please examine your conscience. You can see and hear the anguish his family are experiencing.
“You may not have felt you could come forward at the time of Dwayne’s death but a lot changes in a year. Allegiances change, loyalties change, and now is an opportunity to put this situation right.
“If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police you can contact Crimestoppers 100 percent anonymously.
“It’s really important we get justice for Dwayne and his family and if you’re the person who can help do that – I, and they, NEED you to come forward.”
If you have any information about Dwayne’s death you can contact us on 101 quoting incident 1418 of 7 July 2018 or email [email protected]
You can also call Crimestoppers 100 percent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or go to www.crimestoppers-uk.org.