Idris Elba has sent his support to the family of schoolgirl Elianne Andam as he called for “tougher deterrents and punishments” to be enforced on those who carry weapons.
The 15-year-old was fatally stabbed in the neck with a foot-long knife in Croydon, south London, when she was on her way to school on Wednesday.
A 17-year-old boy has since been charged with her murder and the Met Police said the teenager would appear in court on Friday.
London-born actor Elba wrote in a post on Instagram on Thursday: “Sending my condolences to the family of Elianne Andam at this very sad time.
“It is a shame that out country still mourns the deaths of children at the hands of knives.
“We NEED to enforce tougher deterrents and punishments to carrying these weapons.”
Elba, who starred in hit TV series The Wire and Luther, has previously spoken out against knife crime and supported those affected by it.
During a youth event by We Day UK charity in 2020, he addressed his own upbringing in Hackney, east London, explaining that he grew up amongst crime, poverty and gangs and some of the people in his neighbourhood “went down the wrong path, ended up doing the wrong thing”.
Last year, he fronted a campaign alongside former footballer Ian Wright to call for “no more bloodshed” after 30 teenagers “died senselessly” in killings in the capital in 2021.
As part of the “No More Red” initiative, they were campaigning for an increase of spaces for young people which may offer an alternative to gang violence.
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