He was our HERO
PUBLISHED: 11:27 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:50 25 August 2010
HUNDREDS of mourners flocked to a memorial service for loving teenager Jimmy Mizen last Saturday – a week after he died, writes Marina Soteriou.
HUNDREDS of mourners flocked to a memorial service for 'loving' teenager Jimmy Mizen last Saturday - a week after he died, writes Marina Soteriou.
Many stood in the rain as more than 500 people, including family and school friends, filled his family church Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee, where he had once been an altar boy.
The service took place just yards from the Three Cooks bakery in Lee where he bled to death on May 10, the day after his 16th birthday.
Before the service, parents Barry and Margaret stood with their eight surviving children and said the rugby-loving teenager was 'every mother's perfect son.'
Mrs Mizen said: "If you see someone today, give them a hug. There are not enough hugs and love in this world and that is what is missing; more love."
She also urged people not to harass the family of Jake Fahri who was charged with Jimmy's murder last Wednesday.
Mr Mizen said: "It does not have to be like this. People are saying something must be done. I just wonder how futile it is with more and more legislation and laws.
"Perhaps we all need to look to ourselves and look to the values we would like and our responses to situations in our life.
"Sometimes we might be drawn into certain ways of our living. It is our choice but change has got to come from all of us."
A tannoy system relayed the service to the people stood outside in the courtyard and the street.
Brother Danny, 30, told the congregation: "He was my hero.
"I was so proud of him."
He said Jimmy would not have wanted anything different than to spend his last breathing moments in the arms of his brother Tommy and his brother Harry beside him.
He said: "He just got on with everyone. He was such a lovely bloke. To all his friends who are just taking their GCSEs, I say to you, when you find it difficult, use Jimmy as inspiration, and use Jimmy to go out there and do well."
After the service, the congregation took the short walk to the site of Jimmy's death, to lay flowers and read the hundreds of tributes.