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Man, 25, charged with murder of father of four shot ‘in a case of mistaken identity’ | UK News

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A man has been charged with the murder of a father of four gunned down in a “case of mistaken identity” in London, police have said.

Taylor Purdy, 25, of southeast London, is accused of the murder of Dean Edwards, 43, in Penge in the early hours of 12 July.

The father of four was shot in the back of the head as he was leaving Betts Park after meeting friends for a drink, Met Police said.

Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of Dean Edwards with daughter Hollie. The daughter of a "big softie" gunned down by a mystery marksman as he walked home last month has launched an emotional appeal for information about her father's murder.
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The father of four was a ‘friendly, bubbly, loving person’, his daughter Hollie said

Mr Edwards crossed the park and was walking down an alleyway near his home when he was shot with a 9mm pistol. His lifeless body was discovered at about 2am, a spokesman added.

Mr Edwards, who was also a grandfather of six, had no criminal record – and detectives think he was targeted by mistake.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Kieran said previously: “We believe this is a case of mistaken identity.

Hollie Edwards, the daughter of Dean Edwards, looks at tributes for her father at Betts Park in south London, as police renew an appeal for information over Dean's murder. Edwards, 43, was shot in the back of the head while leaving Betts Park in Penge in July.
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She is pictured laying tributes at the scene of his death in Penge, southeast London

“There is nothing in Dean’s life, background, family and friends, or in the pubs he visited earlier that evening that indicate he’s had a row or argument – nothing.

“Nobody has a bad word to say about Dean. This case – with Dean being an innocent victim – has a particular impetus.”

Handout CCTV image issued by Metropolitan Police of Dean Edwards walking towards Betts Park just before he was shot. The daughter of a "big softie" gunned down by a mystery marksman as he walked home last month has launched an emotional appeal for information about her father's murder.
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Mr Edwards is seen on CCTV in the moments before he was shot

Mr Edwards’ daughter Hollie, 21, paid tribute to him, saying: “Our dad was a friendly, bubbly and loving person.

“He was never confrontational and hated arguments, he was a big softie at heart, loved all the grandchildren and spoiled them. He was a good, innocent person.”

The date of Purdy’s court appearance is yet to be decided.

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