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Murder of Karen Reed - Willow Way, Woking, Surrey

Surrey Police are appealing for information relating to a murder that took place at around 9.00pm on 30th April 1994, when a 33 year old female was attacked on the doorstep of her home in Willow Way in Woking. She died at the scene.

Surrey Police are appealing for information relating to the murder of Karen Reed

On the evening of Saturday 30th April 1994, 33 year old Karen Reed was in her home at 31 Willow Way, Woking, Surrey enjoying a bottle of wine and catching up with a girlfriend from work; they had also just set up the video recorder to tape something on the TV.

At just after 9pm they both heard a tapping on the front door so Karen went to see who it was. When Karen opened the door, there was a man on the doorstep holding a pizza box. Her friend heard the male ask, “Did you order a pizza?” Karen replied that she hadn’t and then turned to ask her friend if she had ordered a pizza, to which she also replied, “No”. The male then asked, “Is this 31 Willow Way?” As soon as Karen confirmed that it was there were a series of loud bangs.

Karen had been shot five times at point blank range and tragically died in her hallway despite the desperate efforts of her friend to save her.

Karen Reed was a complete innocent. Police know that the intended target of the shooting was Karen’s sister whose life was under threat due to the business activities of her Armenian husband.

On Friday 15th April 1994, two weeks prior to Karen’s murder, a Red Vauxhall Cavalier displaying the registration G511VMT failed to stop for police when they tried to stop it on the Barnsbury Estate, Woking; Willow Way where Karen lived was on the same estate. After a short pursuit, the Cavalier stopped and the driver decamped but was never apprehended. A bag was found in the car containing a 9mm Pistol and a Commando knife. Police believe the driver had been coming to kill Karen’s sister.

The Cavalier had been stolen from Uxbridge in October 1992 and its true registration was G913ALD.

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