Just hours after celebrating his sixteenth birthday, Jimmy Mizen was attacked and killed after getting into an argument near his home in south London. The schoolboy's parents wanted his death to mark a turning point in the fight against teenage violence.
For nearly six years, Barry and Margaret Mizen have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of young people - and today were honoured with an MBE at Buckingham Palace. Here's our Senior Correspondent, Ronke Phillips.
The parents of a teenager who was murdered in south east London have been awarded MBEs in the New Year honours.
Margaret and Barry Mizen say they're honoured to receive the titles for their charity work, but that it's "tinged with sadness" for the loss of 16 year old Jimmy who was killed in Lee in 2008.Piers Hopkirk went to meet them.
Actress Angela Lansbury, who has been made a Dame of the British Empire, has her roots in London's East End despite a career that has seen her become a fixture in Hollywood and on Broadway.
The 88-year-old actress is known to millions as the sleuth Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote but her career includes countless film roles including appearances in Bedknobs And Broomsticks, The Manchurian Candidate and alongside Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii.
Lansbury, who was previously awarded a CBE, was born in Poplar, east London, but moved to the US during the Second World War after the death of her father Edgar, who was a politician.
Her award, on the overseas list, was for "services to drama and to charitable work and philanthropy".
The parents of murdered 16-year-old schoolboy Jimmy Mizen said they are "honoured and humbled" to receive MBEs for services to young people in the 2014 New Year Honours list.
Jimmy was killed on May 10 2008 - the day after his 16th birthday - after he was attacked in Lee, south east London. Jake Fahri is serving a life sentence for his murder.
Since then, Barry and Margaret Mizen have battled to help make young people safer - including creating the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, which works to increase young people's awareness of the consequences of violent crime.
Mr Mizen said the award was not just a reward for him and his wife but for the whole family, who are all involved in some way in the foundation.
Barry and Margaret Mizen, the parents of murdered teenager Jimmy, will remember their son five years after his death at a commemorative service today.
Speaking to Daybreak, Jimmy's brother Tommy said: "[The anniversary] does come around unfortunately, and I don't think today is any harder than any other day if I'm honest, it's something we have to live with every day."
His mother Margaret said she has managed to cope with the pain through her faith, "it's common knowledge that I have a faith", she added, "I think [anger] destroys you".
Both Margaret and Barry, who give talks in schools, say they believe that it is through the love and care for a child that violence in youths will be overcome.
Mr Mizen said: "As we speak now there will be a child being born in this country that's not wanted, not going to be loved, subjected to violent and neglect, and that's what I think needs to change."