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Young knife crime victims remembered

A memorial service is being held in Brixton today to celebrate the lives of young knife crime victims.

The Love2Remember memorial will celebrate the lives of four young South London boys all of whom were victims of knife crime on the capital's streets in the last ten tears.

Junior Nkwelle, Damilola Taylor, Edvin Johnson and Zac Olumegbon, all lost their lives in street attacks. Damilola was just ten years old. The oldest, Edvin, was nineteen.

The aim of the memorial is to remember their lives, not the way they died.

The mothers of three of the victims will be there and the congregation will hear from former footballer Fabrice Muamba alongside actor and director Noel Clarke.

Arnold Oceng - the Brixton-raised actor who's now making his way in Hollywood will also be attending.

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Lack of youth services

Damilola Taylor

Gary Trowsdale, the charity's chief executive, said youngsters hang around on the streets due to the lack of other options as schemes are cut back.

Mr Trowsdale, who helped set up the trust, was speaking as he launched this year's Spirit of London Awards (Sola).

Damilola was killed in Peckham, south-east London in 2000, aged 10.

"The lack of youth services is putting at risk the innocent children who don't have any choice but to be on the streets in their communities," Mr Trowsdale said.

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