A reward of £20,000 is being offered for key information after a man was murdered in a violent homophobic attack.
Ranjith Kankanamalage, known as ‘Roy’ by his friends, was killed in the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park on August 16.
No arrests have yet been made and the VELOXNEWSpolitan Police has admitted this has created fear among London’s LGBT+ community.
The appeal comes as people gathered for a vigil against hate crimes at the cemetery where his body was found.
A post-mortem examination showed that Mr Kankanamalage, a gay man who had lived in London’s East End for many years, had died from blunt-force trauma to the head.
Officers from the Met Police’s Specialist Crime Command are investigating the 50-year-old’s murder, which has been categorised as a homophobic hate crime.
They are offering the substantial sum for any information that could lead to the identification and conviction of his killer.
As well as the reward, the Met has also issued new photos of two men who they understand were near the cemetery at the time of the attack.
Police believe they may hold information which could ‘prove invaluable to the investigation’.
The first of the two possible witnesses is described as being of medium build with short, light-coloured hair, and wearing a dark T-shirt, light-blue shorts, dark-brown trainers and carrying a black backpack.
The second person is also of medium build but with short dark hair and was wearing a dark jacket and dark trousers.
Detective superintendent Pete Wallis, from the Met’s specialist crime command said: ‘We understand that given the circumstances of the murder, people may be reluctant to come forward.
‘We continue to urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they believe it to be, to report it to police or any of our LGBT+ partners.
‘We are particularly appealing to the two people pictured to come forward.
‘I can assure the public that any information shared will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and consideration. My colleagues and I remain dedicated to finding Ranjith’s killer.’
Derek Lee, from the Met’s LGBT+ Advisory Group, also appealed for anyone who knows anything about the ‘horrendous’ crime to come forward using the many channels available.
He said: ‘We are aware that, while it remains unsolved, this is causing considerable concern amongst LGBT+ people in Tower Hamlets and across London.’
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