Innocent Teenager Set for Law Degree Is Shot Dead 'By Mistake'

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT Crime Correspondent

AN innocent teenager who was planning to be a lawyer was shot dead outside a crowded pub at the weekend in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity.

Abdulkarim Boudiaf, 18, was killed by a single gunshot to the neck in Tottenham on Saturday night. The teenager, whose family came to Britain from Algeria, was with a group of youths outside the Elmhurst pub in Broadwater Road.

He is the fifth teenager to be killed in London this year. Last year 28 teenagers died from knife and gun crime in the capital. Earlier in the weekend another teenager was stabbed to death in Walthamstow.

The latest killings came amid hopes of a lessening in the violence, with politicians including Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and London Mayor Boris Johnson claiming success in tackling gang culture.

Mr Boudiaf was shot dead at about 10.20 when the pub was packed with drinkers at a disco night.

Paramedics tried to give him emergency surgery on the pavement but could not save him and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Friends of Mr Boudiaf, who finished his A-levels last summer, said he was working part-time in a shop and looking forward to starting a law degree at Northampton University in September.

Cleon Reis, 23, said he did not know why anyone would want to kill Mr Boudiaf and believed he may have been a victim of mistaken identity.

He said: "The killer must have thought he was someone else. …


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