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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.