Killers who stabbed brother of TOWIE star's ex are 'linked to gangs'

Killers who stabbed brother of TOWIE star Lauren Goodger’s ex-boyfriend to death in a carpark are ‘linked to gangs in London’ as police offer £10,000 reward for information

  • Stephen Morrison, 30, was stabbed to death in a carpark in Epping in June 2020
  • Cops say answers to the murder lie ‘within certain groups of people in London’
  • Police have offered a £10,000 reward for information on the unsolved murder
  • Stephen was the brother of Joey Morrison, 34, who The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger, 33, dated while he was serving a 16-year jail sentence in 2016

The killers of The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger’s ex-boyfriend’s brother are linked to gangs in London, cops have revealed.

Officers say the answers to the unsolved murder lie ‘within certain groups of people in London’ and have offered a £10,000 reward for information from independent charity Crimestoppers.

The revelations come one year after Stephen Morrison, 30, was stabbed in a carpark in leafy Epping, Essex.

The killers of The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger’s ex-boyfriend’s brother Stephen Morrison are linked to gangs in London, cops have revealed

Stephen’s brother, Joey Morrison, is an ex-boyfriend of The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger (pictured, with Joey)

Stephen, the brother of Goodger’s ex Joey, managed to drive from the scene towards a nearby Shell garage where he collapsed in the forecourt

The brother of Goodger’s ex Joey managed to drive from the scene towards a nearby Shell garage where he collapsed in the forecourt.

Tragically the dad died in hospital after the attack which unfolded shortly before 8pm on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Now, a year after his death, Stephen’s family has issued an emotional appeal urging anyone with information to come forward.

Stephen’s mum, Lorraine Morrisson, said: ‘There must be someone out there who knows what happened to Stephen that day and we are asking them to please help us.

‘He was always so bubbly and I always say he just breezes in like a tornado – he was that lively. He always saw the bright side of life.’

‘Stephen didn’t deserve to die; he had so much more to offer.

‘He’s not going to see all the milestones in his son’s life; he’s not going to see him leave school – he’s not going to see him get married, go to college, go to university and he’s not going to see his son become a father – and that matters. And Stephen mattered.

‘It’s a very, very big loss for us and we just miss him so much.’

Charlotte Morrisson, Stephen’s sister, added: ‘He was always there for me. Having four brothers, he was the one who always looked after me. It’s not until after he’s gone that you realise how happy he was.

‘It’s been hard, I try and keep strong for everyone else.’

Forensic markers are placed on the garage forecourt, as a murder investigation into Stephen Morrisson’s death continues  

A water bottle and discarded medical equipment appears to have been left by the incident

The Shell petrol station on Wake Arms Roundabout, in Epping, Essex, where Stephen Morrisson was stabbed to death on June 23, 2020

Julie Gowen, of Essex Police said: ‘I believe the answers to Stephen’s murder lie within certain groups of people in London.

‘These people – and the people around them – know exactly what happened on that day. They know who killed Stephen.

‘Over time, loyalties change, ties are broken and people make mistakes – that will happen and, due to the focus we have on this case, we will not miss anything and we will leave no stone unturned.’

She added: ‘We have now secured a £10,000 reward from Crimestoppers. That means that you can give information anonymously if you want to.

‘The information you have, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, could be the key to our investigation

‘So I am asking the people who know what happened to please come forward and give Stephen’s family justice.’

Essex police have arrested 14 people in connection with his death, nine are still under investigation and five have been told they face no further action.

Following his death the victim’s other brother – the rapper Jon Morrisson, 33 (pictured) paid tribute to his sibling after his death in June 2020

A tribute from older brother Jon read: ‘Rest in peace my brother my friend my twin stevo I’m gonna miss you bro’

Following his death the victim’s other brother – the rapper Jon Morrisson, 33 – posted on Instagram: ‘Rest in peace my brother my friend my twin Stevo I’m gonna miss you bro.’

His other brother, Joey Morrison, is an ex-boyfriend of The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger.

The pair split after two years with Goodger entering a relationship with Joey while he was in jail in 2016.

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