POLICE have paid tribute to Mohamed Farah and Amin Ismail after two men were convicted of their murder on Thursday.
Sharmake Abdulkadir, 22, of The Fleet, Springfield, Milton Keynes and Fuad Awale, 25, of no fixed address were both found guilty of two counts of murder at Luton Crown Court. They are awaiting sentencing.
Det Sgt Mark Morton said: “Two men have today been convicted of the murders of two teenagers on the Fishermead estate in Milton Keynes in May 2011.
“The murders of Mohamed and Amin were both senseless and indefensible. They were two young men with their lives ahead of them, but tragically their lives were brought to a premature end in the most brutal of ways.
“My thoughts are very much with the families of Mohammed and Amin, who have not only had to deal with the tragic deaths of their loved ones, but have endured the wait for justice to prevail.
“They have shown bravery and great dignity throughout the police investigation and I would like to thank them for their unwavering support of our inquiry.
“This has been a long and complex investigation for which the motive of the killings may never be known.
“There is no doubt that the shootings had a big impact on the Fishermead estate.
“Incidents of this magnitude are thankfully rare but when they happen they will naturally cause fear and concern among the local community.
“I want to thank the community for their support of the police investigation and all the witnesses who have given statements or evidence in this case.
“Finally I would like to thank all our partner agencies, including the Crown Prosecution Service, who we have worked with closely throughout the investigation and who have shared our ultimate goal, to bring about justice for Mohammed and Amin.”