Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Man charged over teenager's death

A 24-year-old man has been charged with murdering a family friend of England football star Rio Ferdinand

A 24-year-old man has been charged with murdering a family friend of England football star Rio Ferdinand.

Rio McFarlane, 18, was murdered in a drive-by style shooting in Peckham - the same area of south London where the Manchester United defender grew up - in September 2010.

The teenager, himself a promising young footballer, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest at the scene.

Scotland Yard have charged Leon Pacquette, 24, from Newent Close, Camberwell, with murder, the attempted murder of another man, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and possession of a prohibited weapon.

A 25-year-old man has been released on bail, pending further enquiries, until later this month.

Ferdinand had made a personal plea to the public for information at the time of his friend's death.

In a video message, the former England captain said he grew up with the victim's brother and had known the McFarlane family "for many years".

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