A GRIEVING mother has made an emotional appeal to find her son's killers a year after he was shot dead yards from his home.

Lucy Buabeng, of Woodpecker Road, New Cross, says her life has been left in "tatters" since her only son Peter Buahin, 24, was shot in the head on July 25 last year.

Police arrested three 22-year-old black youths following the shooting at around 11.49pm but all were released due to lack of evidence.

A year on, Mrs Buabeng and police have launched a fresh appeal.

The 52-year-old says her son had served time in jail for robbery but was in the process of turning his life around.

She said: "I will forgive these killers if only they would come forward. I'm a devout Christian and believe in forgiveness but only if they repent.

"They took my son away from me and now my life is in tatters.

"He was shot just 100 yards from our house but I didn't hear anything. The police knocked at my door and told me he had been shot but said not to go outside.

"I wish to God I had, I could have held him one last time, he might have said something before he died.

"It's a wasted life and he's left behind his four-year-old son Rahim who will probably never remember his father."

Paramedics battled to save Mr Buahin but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier in the evening, youths were seen around the Woodpecker Estate on bikes, which were later abandoned at the murder scene.

Police believe a small handgun had been used to fire the one shot which killed Mr Buahin.

The incident is now being looked at in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Orville Davidson on March 28, last year, in Bawtree Road in the Woodpecker Estate.

Mr Buahin and Mr Davidson were friends.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Geoff Whitehouse, from Operation Trident, said: "Witnesses tend to be reluctant to come forward with Trident (black on black) killings. Somebody knows who killed Peter."

Any witnesses should call 020 8247 4553.