A MAN who was killed in a suspected homophobic attack inside a cemetery has been depicted.
The victim, Ranjith Kakanamalage, was put on and left for dead in Tower Hamlets, East London.
The 50-year-old, also known as Roy, was a gay man who had lived in the area for many years, police said.
Officers were called by the London Ambulance Service following reports of a man not responding.
Police found Kakanamalage with a head injury – and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy showed that the cause of death had been blunt force trauma to the head.
The incident, which took place on August 16, is being treated as a homophobic hate crime.
Detective Inspector Marcus Barnett said: “This is a horrific murder and my thoughts are with Ranjith’s family and loved ones.
“Although fortunately such incidents are still very rare in London, I want to assure that community that my officers and special detectives are working tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice.
“I would also like to be fully aware that there is no room at all for any form of hate crime in London, and the Met is absolutely committed to tackling it and supporting victims. We are here for you.”
Police have increased patrols in the area, and officers have worked with the LGBT + Advisory Group and LGBT + charities, including Galop, Elop and Positive East, to inform and encourage community members to remain safe in the wake of the incident.
A crime scene remains in the park and is expected to remain at the scene for a number of days, and a 36-year-old man arrested in connection with the attack has been released on bail.
Detective Inspector Pete Wallis said: “My officers work around the clock with local colleagues and draw on resources across the Met. We do not stop at anything to bring justice to Ranjith’s family who have been destroyed after this horrific incident.
“I need anyone who has information to contact us immediately. Have you seen anyone in the park or area who acted suspiciously? It is imperative that you tell us what you know. Ranjith’s family is devastated. , and your information can help us bring them to justice. “
Derek Lee of the LGBT + Advisory Group said: “We are a voluntary group of independent advisers working closely with the local police, local council and murder team on this matter.
“We are making sure that LGBT + issues are addressed in the investigation of this tragic death as well as the wider police response regarding security in Tower Hamlets and throughout London.
“If you have any information, please contact the police, Crimestoppers or LGBT + charity, Galop. The investigation team is clear that they are only interested in information relevant to the case and your privacy will be respected.”