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Uploaded on Apr 5, 2011

The Metropolitan Police in conjunction The Sun Newspaper have released a unique murder appeal from footballer Rio Ferdinand.

The Sun newspaper are also offering a £10,000 reward in addition to the reward of up to £20,000 being offered by the Met police for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the murder of Rio McFarlane.

Rio McFarlane, 18, was murdered on Monday 6 September 2010 in Dragon Road, SE15. At approx 21.30hrs nearby police officers heard a gunshot fired and diverted to investigate. On arrival they found Rio McFarlane, aged 18, suffering a gunshot wound. The ambulance service attended but Rio died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Like his namesake, Rio McFarlane was a promising young footballer from Peckham. He had no involvement in crime and police believe his murder may have been a case of mistaken identity.

Rio Ferdinand said: "I grew up in Peckham with Rio's brother Anthony and have known the McFarlane family for many years, so I wanted to do something to help them get justice for Rio's murder.

"I believe that the community can make a difference but it's important for people to come forward and talk to police."

Anthony McFarlane, Rio's brother said: "It is impossible to describe the loss we feel. My brother was a good young man, who has been snatched from us through this violent murder. All we have left is the hope that, one day, we will see the person who killed him brought to justice.

"We ask the people who were present on that night who may have seen something to please come forward and help by speaking to the police.

"An innocent young mans life has been taken and the community can not allow this to happen again. My family and I ask you to please speak out and do what's right."

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson from Trident said: "There are people out there who clearly know who committed this murder. Rio McFarlane was a decent young man and his life was cruelly taken away from him. Trident want people to come forward and talk. Share this YouTube clip with your friends and put it on your face book pages.

"We also want to make it clear there are special measures that we can take to protect your identity and have used these measures in many successful cases."

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8247 4553; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

More about Special Measures:

Trident is extremely experienced and successful at protecting vulnerable witnesses. We can protect our witnesses from being identified by using a variety of techniques at court, such as using voice distortion, pseudonyms, screens and edited statements.

Police can treat witnesses anonymously right from the start of an investigation. The senior investigating officer can allocate a false name that will be used on all statements and dealings with the witness. In some cases, the senior investigating officer will be the only person who knows the witnesses true identity.

Trident works very closely with the community, including local councils, housing trusts and Independent Advisory Groups to support our witnesses. We also go out into the community to educate and reassure everyone that the police will look after you.

Using special measures at court, Trident have successfully brought murderers to justice. One person alone can be instrumental in bringing an investigation to its conclusion and we want to illustrate how this person can remain anonymous whilst delivering crucial evidence.

You can find out more about Special Measure on the BBC Crimewatch website http://bbc.in/h28LM1

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