Kick out violence, plead parents of murdered teens
PUBLISHED: 15:15 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:28 25 August 2010
THE parents of murdered Harry Potter star Rob Knox have used the power of football to send out a message to teenagers to turn their backs on street violence. Sally and Colin Knox, parents of Potter actor Rob Knox, joined Margaret and Barry, parents of Ji
THE parents of murdered Harry Potter star Rob Knox have used the power of football to send out a message to teenagers to turn their backs on street violence.
Sally and Colin Knox, parents of Potter actor Rob Knox, joined Margaret and Barry, parents of Jimmy Mizen, at Saturday's Charlton match against Millwall dedicated to campaign Street Violence Ruins Lives.
Rob Knox, 18, from Swanley, was knifed to death outside the Metro Bar in Sidcup on May 24, 2008. Jimmy Mizen died a fortnight earlier, the day after his 16th birthday, in an attack in a Lee bakery.
Players from Charlton and Millwall wore one-off shirts with the names of the two victims.
Sally Knox said: "We want to use the power of football to make people aware of the campaign against street violence. Our aim is for parents to feel their kids are safe on the street."
Rob Knox's father Colin urged residents to raise the issue with MPs and, in a message to youngsters, said: "Is it cool to carry a knife? I hope your answer is no. Is it cool to carry a gun? Are you tolerant of street violence? I hope your answer to these questions is no."
A one-minute silence was observed for the two teenage victims and the parents met players at The Valley before kick-off.
The derby game was a fitting tribute, played with gusto from both sides as Millwall grabbed a late equaliser to share the honours in a 4-4 draw.
Rob Knox, former Beths Grammar pupil, had finished filming as Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince days before he was stabbed. He had told friends he wanted to go on to bigger screen parts.
Bonnie Sullivan, from D&B School of Performing Arts, in Bromley Road, represented Rob since he was 11.