Family of Mohanna ‘Montana’ Abdhou heartbroken after playground shooting
Police say two masked men cycled up to playground and shot 20-year-old dead
02 June, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya
A FAMILY has been left “heartbroken” after a young woman was shot dead near a children’s playground in Queen’s Park.
Twenty-year-old Mohanna Abdhou, known to friends and family as Montana, died from a single gunshot wound on Friday after a man on a bike shot a firearm at her and her friends.
Her “devastated” family have called for answers as to why their “loving” and “beautiful” daughter, sister and friend was killed.
In a statement, her family said on Monday: “We are truly saddened, heartbroken and still in complete shock that we have lost a beautiful and caring soul. No words can truly express our feelings towards this situation.
“She was a loving daughter, sister and friend. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. The thought that anyone can go out there and murder an innocent person is truly heartbreaking and we wish that no other family ever goes through such distress. She will always be in our minds and in our hearts.
“Our family need answers as to what happened to our beloved Montana – someone must know something, or have suspicions about someone being involved. I ask them to search their hearts and tell the police what they know.”
According to the police, Ms Abdhou had been with friends in Malvern Road, near Dickens House, enjoying the warm weather, when they were approached by two men on bicycles with their faces covered around 9pm. One of the men shot a gun at the group of female friends, before they made off along Malvern Road towards Shirland Road.
Police investigating the “cowardly attack” have urged anyone with information to come forward and assured that information would be treated in the “strictest confidence”. They said the two suspects were described as being of medium build, dressed in dark clothing and had their faces covered to hide their identities.
Two men, aged 19 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of murder in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, but have both been bailed pending further enquiries.
Another man aged 21, was also arrested at the scene on Friday but he was released pending further enquiries.
The officer leading the police investigation, DCI Andy Partridge, said: “It was still daylight when this attack took place and the location is very near a children’s playground. This was a cowardly attack on a young woman who was out enjoying the warm weather in the company of her friends.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0300 or via Twitter @MetCCn
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org