Jan 17 2013 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
POLICE officers have paid tribute to an ‘inspiring and ambitious’ colleague who was killed in Kenya.
Anti-crime campaigner Jamal Moghe, 26, from Wembley, worked for the Metropolitan Police as a staff criminal exhibits officer in Ealing and had been a volunteer constable in Brent for three years, recently receiving two police commendations.
Mr Moghe, originally from Somalia, was perceived as a positive role model to the young Somali community in Brent and often visited Copland Community School, in Wembley, to give inspirational anti-crime talks to young people.
He is survived by his wife, Sudi.
Abukar Awale, a community support officer at Copland Community School, told the Observer: “He was a good guy. He was very nice and outgoing and friendly.
“He was someone who had high ambitions in life. It brings a tear to my eye thinking about it.
“We worked with him on issues facing the community and he used to come to the school as a role model. I was so shocked because it was a few weeks back we were talking about how we can inspire young people.
“It’s very sad. The young people really looked up to him.”
Patrick Jacobs, a volunteer with Not Another Drop, a London-based charity that works to reduce youth violence for which Mr Moghe volunteered, said: “He worked with us on stop and search and was a big supporter of our campaigns.
“He was very caring. He also worked hard in the fight against knife and gun crime and informing members of his community.
“He was quite young and just getting started and had a hell of a lot of potential.”
The Met believes Mr Moghe, who worked as a criminal exhibits officer, was shot and killed on Saturday while on a visit to Kenya for a charity.
Details about the incident have been sparse, though the Foreign Office confirmed that it is supporting his family who travelled to Kenya for the funeral, which took place the day after his death in line with Muslim tradition.
Matthew Gardner, borough commander for Brent, said: “This is a tragic loss for the community.
“Jamal Moghe was an integral part of the volunteer family. He has given much to the community in terms of his volunteer work and recently received two commendations.
“He was one of our most active special constables, helping to keep Brent residents safe. He was a popular member of the staff and our hearts go out to his family, friends, and colleagues, of which there are many. He will be sorely missed.”
One of Jamal’s colleague left this tribute on a police website: “He put a lot of effort in helping combat gun and knife crime, by providing talks and physically hitting the streets.
“He worked with the youth and provided a positive role model to the Somali community.