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Families' rugby tribute to sons knifed to death

PUBLISHED: 16:31 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:19 25 August 2010

FAMILY and friends of two killed teenagers who died two weeks apart played in the same rugby team in a memorial match.

FAMILY and friends of two killed teenagers who died two weeks apart played in the same rugby team in a memorial match.

The family of Rob Knox, 18, and Jimmy Mizen, 16, played against Blackheath RFC, on a drizzly pitch at Sidcup Rugby Club last Saturday, where both teenagers used to play.

A raffle raised more than £1,400 for the Rob Knox memorial fund and the Jimmy Mizen Bus Appeal, to buy a new minibus for the 21st Lewisham North scouts.

Crowds watched Rob's brother Jamie Knox play alongside Jimmy's brothers, Billy, 28, Tommy, 26, Danny, 30, and nephew James, 20.

Mother Margaret Mizen said: "You may wonder why we smile. Today is a fun day. It is not always about tears. We smile when we remember our sons.

"We still get so much support from people we don't even know. People come into our shop crying.

"It is about mindless street violence, anger coming out."

Mother Sally Knox, from Swanley, said: "Every time you hear it on the radio or see another child on the news, you relive that first day.

"You think how that parent won't be able to hug their son and be with his body."

n Anyone who wishes to donate to the memorial for Rob Knox can send cheques made payable to the Rob Knox Memorial Fund Account to Barclays Bank, 91 High Street, Sidcup DA14 6DH.

n To contribute to the Jimmy Mizen Bus Appeal, make cheques payable to 'Jimmy Bus Appeal' and post to Jimmy Mizen Bus Appeal, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 45B Burnt, Ash Hill, Lee, London, SE12 0AE.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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