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Memorial Service Held For Jimmy Mizen

Jimmy Mizen, 16, bled to death in a bakery after an unprovoked attack - and his parents say they have forgiven their sons killer.

Jimmy Mizen was attacked at a bakery in Lee, London in 2008
Image:Jimmy Mizen was attacked at a bakery in Lee, London in 2008

The parents of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen have said it was "absolutely right" to forgive their sons young killer - adding they do not seek retribution.

Barry and Margaret Mizen, who made headlines for their positivity in the wake of the murder 10 years ago, said it would be "unlikely" that the family will meet Jimmys killer.

The couple appealed for young people and communities to come together to stop the recent surge in violence, particularly across the capital. The Met have opened 62 murder investigations in the capital this year.

The family were joined by prominent figures during a memorial service at St Georges Cathedral in Southwark to mark the anniversary of Jimmys unprovoked killing.

The day after he turned 16, Jimmy bled to death in a bakery in Lee, southeast London, when teenager Jake Fahri threw an oven dish at him.

The dish shattered on his chin and slashed vital blood vessels.

Barry and Margaret Mizen at the tenth anniversary memorial service for Jimmy Mizen
Image:Barry and Margaret Mizen at the tenth anniversary memorial service for Jimmy Mizen

Mrs Mizen described her final moments on May 10 2008 with her mortally wounded son.

She said: "I can remember everything about that day, in detail. He was really happy and three minutes later he was dead.

"I actually got round to the bakers and I saw him in a pool of blood, one of his brothers was holding him. Jimmys life just ebbed away at that moment.

"Weve met many young people who have committed murder, theyre not bad people, theyve just made bad decisions that have not only taken the life of someone beautiful, but also ruined their own life as well.

"Its about getting across to them how it can ruin their lives as well."

She said it was "highly unlikely" the family, including Jimmys eight siblings, would meet Fahri, but said they forgave him.

She added: "I feel it was absolutely right in my heart to forgive him because by forgiving him Im able to do all the things I want to do, it allows me to look out the window and see the sun shining and the flowers blossoming."

Barry Mizen talks to Cressida Dick after the tenth anniversary memorial service for Jimmy Mizen
Image:Barry Mizen talks to Cressida Dick after the tenth anniversary memorial service for Jimmy Mizen

Mr Mizen said the incident, aided by their Christian faith and the support of well-wishers, had brought his family closer together.

He said: "I dont want retribution, I dont want to be eaten away, I dont want it to destroy the relationship with my wife or do untold damage to my children."

Mr Mizen said they created the For Jimmy charity to help community cohesion and create safe zones where youngsters can seek temporary sanctuary in local shops if they feel threatened.

Sadiq Khan during the tenth anniversary memorial service for Jimmy Mizen
Image:London Mayor Sadiq Khan attended the memorial service

Asked about the current situation, he said: "The notion of a harsher punishment will control everything clearly doesnt work because otherwise things wouldnt be going in the direction theyre going."

He added: "I wonder how much of an influence social media has in this in stoking the fires. But for us its about a community response… a much stronger community response has not really been tried."

Posted on 10th May 2018

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