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Mum’s tearful plea to find killer

PUBLISHED: 16:17 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:05 25 August 2010

THE devastated mother of a 27-year-old shot at point -blank range made a tearful plea for information to find her son s killers. Ann Herbert, 46, of Holywell Close, Orpington, said she was scared of becoming a lonely old lady after the murder of her o

THE devastated mother of a 27-year-old shot at point -blank range made a tearful plea for information to find her son's killers.

Ann Herbert, 46, of Holywell Close, Orpington, said she was scared of becoming a 'lonely old lady' after the murder of her only child, Daniel Herbert, in Rotherhithe in the early hours of August 17.

He was chased by a gang of four or five white men who beat him unconscious before shooting him in the head in Clements Road.

Sales assistant Mrs Herbert held hands with her father, Michael Shepherd, as she addressed the media at a press conference at Lewisham police station last Thursday. She said: "I feel numb. I'm waiting for him to come home so I can have a go at him for putting the family through this. I still don't actually believe it, it's like it's not real and the press conference, it's like I'm here but I'm not."

Breaking down, she said: "Everyone is going to move on with their lives and I'm not because it's all been taken from me and I'm going to be a lonely old lady with nothing and that scares me."

Club promoter Mr Herbert grew up in Bermondsey but the family moved to Eltham when he was 14, where he attended Blackheath Bluecoat School.

They moved to Holywell Close in Orpington seven years ago. Mrs Herbert added: "Daniel was my only child, I had no grandchildren and I don't know what I'm going to do without him. He was a joker, loud, funny, a big presence. Everyone knew him, everyone liked him. I go on Facebook and see how everyone has a good word to say about him, why would someone do that to him?"

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons, leading the investigation, said: "Daniel was chased by a gang of men, predominantly white males, four to five white males, who managed to capture him in St James's Road, where they beat him unconscious. Having done that, they dragged him to his knees, placed a gun to his head and murdered him. That is a callous and brutal murder."

Police have ruled out robbery as a motive and said they had a number of suspects in mind.

Officers have made three arrests so far, all on suspicion of murder. A 20-year-old man was arrested last Thursday, August 27, and he has been bailed to return in October. While a 23-year-old arrested on August 26, was bailed until late October pending further enquiries. A 27-year-old man arrested on August 24 was released with no further action. Contact 020 8721 4961 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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