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Mother of murdered son says 'anger destroys you'

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."


Fifth anniversary of Jimmy Mizen's death approaches

Jimmy Mizen was killed on the 10th of May, 2008, the day after his 16th birthday. Credit: Metropolitan Police handout.

The parents of murdered schoolboy Jimmy Mizen have repeated their calls to fight against violence in young people as they prepare to mark the fifth anniversary of their son's death.

Jimmy was killed on May 10 2008 after he was attacked in south-east London.

Bereaved mums' peace campaign

Two mothers whose sons were stabbed to death in the same year, have taken their campaign for peace to a school in East London.

Jimmy Mizen and David Idowu were both murdered in 2008.

Their mothers have spent 100 days touring the capital speaking to young people about avoiding violent confrontations.

Their project will end with a concert on Sunday.

This report is from Ronke Phillips.

Peace campaign marks 100th day

The mothers of two teenagers, who were stabbed to death in London, have been marking the final day of a special peace campaign centred on the London Olympics.

The 100 Days Of Peace initiative aimed to promote one hundred days of peace-making for fifty days on either side of the Games. It mirrored the ancient tradition of instigating a truce during the original Games in Greece more than 2,000 years ago.

Today, bereaved mothers Grace Idowu and Margaret Mizen visited a school in Wapping that had taken part in the campaign.

Grace Idowu and Margaret Mizen talk to children at English Marty's school in Wapping to mark their 100 days of peace campaign. Credit: London Tonight.
The schoolchildren have taken part in the peace campaign. Credit: London Tonight.


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