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Appeal following murder of teenager in Brockley

PUBLISHED: 12:40 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:40 01 October 2015

The Vauxhall Corsa that Nassem Galleze was travelling in

The Vauxhall Corsa that Nassem Galleze was travelling in

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Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after Naseem Galleze, 17, died on Saturday

The death of a teenager in Brockley is being treated as murder.

Nassem Galleze, 17, a student from Bromley, died after a lump of concrete was thrown at a car he was travelling in.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

Police were called at 15:12 on Saturday to reports of a fight on St Norbert Road.

Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene and found Galleze - a rear passenger - in a Vauxhall Corsa that had collided with a lamp post.

Nassem was taken to a south London hospital in a critical condition, where he died at 17:23.

A post-mortem examination held on Sunday at Greenwich Mortuary found the cause of death to be multiple injuries, consistent with being in a road traffic collision.

Two other occupants of the car suffered minor injuries.

It is understood that whilst on the Turnham Estate, the Corsa which Galleze and his two friends were in, came under attack. As the car left the estate at speed a concrete block was thrown at it, smashing the windscreen and causing the vehicle to collide with a lamppost as it headed towards Loampit Vale while the suspects ran off.

Several passers-by rushed to Galleze’s aid before paramedics arrived.

Four men (aged 20, 21, 23 and 19) were arrested on Sunday in connection with the investigation. They have since been bailed pending further enquiries.

On Tuesday a further two men aged 19 and 22 were arrested.

A request for further detention was granted on the evening of September 30 and the two men remain in police custody.

The murder investigation is being led by Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh of the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

DCI McHugh said: “Firstly I would like to hear from anyone who saw the mint green Vauxhall Corsa, on the Turnham Estate prior to the collision.

“Several people rushed to help Nassem and there are some who have yet to speak with police. We know the incident was also witnessed by other passers-by and residents in the area and again, we would encourage anyone who saw anything or has any information to come forward. Please do not assume that we already have the important information that you hold.

“We are keeping an open mind about the motive for this incident. Please do the right thing and be assured we will treat all information in the strictest confidence.”

Galleze’s father Hakim said: “I am numb with pain. Every time my phone rings or there’s knock at the door, I pray it is Nassem. Our beloved Nassem’s life has been brutally ended and my family are devastated.

“People will have seen what happened and they will have heard things. You might be thinking ‘do I talk to the police?’ Take a look at the car where my son died and you know there’s only one thing to do for Nassem and our family. Please assist the police.”

Anyone who can help should contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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