Josh Hanson murder: Funeral of Kingsbury man takes place

Josh Hanson was stabbed to death on October 11

Josh Hanson was stabbed to death on October 11 - Credit: Archant

More than 1,000 people attended the funeral of a Kingsbury man who was stabbed to death in a ‘motiveless and unprovoked’ attack in Eastcote.

The funeral took place on Friday

The funeral took place on Friday - Credit: Archant

Mourners spilled out of the Sacred Heart Church in Quex Road, Kilburn, as they said a sad farewell to 21-year-old Josh Hanson on Friday.

Mr Hanson, a roads planner, died after he was stabbed in the neck inside the RE Bar on October 11.

Mourners individually lit a candle to remember Mr Hanson during the emotional service which included images of him throughout his short life projected on a screen.

Some wore special #justiceforjosh wristbands or carried key rings to highlight the hunt to find his killer.

More than 1,000 people attended the funeral

More than 1,000 people attended the funeral - Credit: Archant

Mr Hanson was laid to rest in Hendon Cemetery.


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His mother Tracey Hanson told the Times: “Our broken hearts will never heal because my daughter (Brooke) and I now have a missing link in our family unit, Josh.

“To see the love pour out at Josh’s ‘final farewell celebration’ not only humbled us but gave us comfort in knowing that his love reached far and wide.

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“You will never be forgotten my beautiful boy your sister and I will keep your memory alive and we will do everything we can to get justice for you.”

Police are offering a �10,000 reward leading to the whereabouts of Shane O'Brien

Police are offering a �10,000 reward leading to the whereabouts of Shane O'Brien - Credit: Archant

Detectives are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of suspect 27-year-old Shane O’Brien

Last week, the hunt for O’Brien featured on BBC1’s Crimewatch programme which revealed for the first time that the wanted man is also known as ‘Troy’ and has a distinctive tattoo spelling out ‘Shannon’ on his back.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information should call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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