Penge murder anniversary appeal- Sam Guidera family’s emotional plea

Sam Guidera

Sam Guidera


The family of Sam Guidera who was stabbed after getting off a train at Penge East have begged for information about his killers on the second anniversary of his death.

The University of Greenwich student was found collapsed in Bailey Place, at the junction with Newlands Park, around 200 metres from the station on February 12, 2011 at around 9.55pm.

His wallet had been taken from him.

Samuel was taken to hospital but died at 10.55pm of a single stab wound to the heart.

The 24-year-old had spent the day with friends watching football and travelled on the 9.17pm train from Bickley to Penge East, arriving just before 9.30pm.

He crossed the footbridge over the railway to the Newlands Park exit en route to meet his girlfriend Claire Smith.

She said: “Two years on, I want to know what gave these people the right to end Sam’s life like that. His desperate attempt to call 999 before he lost consciousness, the panic he must have felt when he realised what was happening, the loneliness of dying in the street without a single person who knew his name- these things will haunt me forever, but Sam actually went through them. And for what?

“Everyone who knew Samuel is so proud to have known him and shared a part of his life. I feel so privileged to have been able to say “I love you” and hear him say it back.

“Now we direct those words to a hole in the ground and hear nothing but silence in response.

“There will never be a time that I stop dreaming of seeing that smile again.”

A statement from Sam’s mother and father Sarah and Chris Guidera reads: “Time is not a healer, we will never get back to normal. The people we were before no longer exist. So please look at your son, brother, uncle, think how you would miss them and if you know anything come forward; don’t let the cowards who took my son’s life kill again.”

Det Ch Insp Chris Jones added: “I am convinced there are persons within the community who for reasons, be it family or other loyalties, have yet to come forward with the information they have.

“I would ask them to consider the devastating impact Samuel’s death continues to have on his family and loved ones and appeal for them to contact the investigation team. The Met continues to offer a £20,000 reward and I would stress any person coming forward will be spoken to in confidence with all measures to protect their identity and safety considered.”

CCTV showing people who were in and around the area where Sam died has been released, and police are appealing for those who were outside Penge East Station between 9.40pm and 10pm to come forward.

Four people have been arrested in connection with Samuel’s death, but all have been released with no further action.

Anyone with information call police on 020 8345 3734 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


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