Murdered teen memorial
PUBLISHED: 18:13 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:38 25 August 2010
ONE year on from the murder of his innocent 16-year-old son who stood up to a bully, father Barry Mizen said he wants his memory to be an expression of peace .
ONE year on from the murder of his innocent 16-year-old son who stood up to a bully, father Barry Mizen said he wants his memory to be an 'expression of peace'.
This Sunday a memorial service will be held a short walk from the Burnt Ash Hill bakery where Eltham schoolboy Jimmy Mizen was murdered by Jake Fahri on the same day last year.
The 2.30pm service at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lee follows the family's donation of two minibuses worth £50,000 to Sidcup and Lewisham Scouts last Saturday.
This event included the comedian Harry Hill (pictured right with Jimmy's mother, Margaret). Harry is a friend of the family.
Speaking to the Times, Barry Mizen said: "I feel anxious. It will be a very difficult day. It is a year on but it is still just as hard. The wound is very, very painful, very tender. A year down the line it hurts just as much as it ever did. But we want to make it an expression of peace."
Jimmy worked Saturdays at his father's shoe menders in Sidcup High Street. He was killed when Fahri, 20, threw a heat-proof dish at his head.
The 6ft 2ins altar boy, described by friends as a gentle giant, told his murderer to 'get some manners' after he refused to be pushed aside by him.
For two years London has seen a shocking number of its children killing each other.
In 2007 some 26 youths aged 19 or under were murdered. The following year, 28 were killed, of which Jimmy Mizen was the 13th.
In the first five months of 2009, seven youths have been killed, but today Barry Mizen warned against complacency in stemming the growth of youth crime.
He said: "I like to think there have been some changes, but there are still far too many killings. It is dangerous to get complacent over this.
"Five months down the line, say another seven will be killed. That's still 14 mothers left crying at night and that's too many."
Since Jimmy's death donations have poured in - which the family claim will create a 'legacy of fun' in Jimmy's name.
In one year the Mizens and close friends have thrown themselves behind projects including the Sparkle concert, held in the Astoria 2 last autumn and this year to be held at Indigo2, an apprenticeships scheme with Lewisham College, and a City Safe Haven scheme to encourage shop keepers to report minor crimes and protect youths.
Mr Mizen now talks about his hopes to work together with Sally and Colin Knox, the parents of Harry Potter actor Rob Knox, who was stabbed to death outside Sidcup's Metro bar two weeks after Mr Mizen's murder.
The two families hope to encourage 'One Minute in May', a football scheme he compared to the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign, where a one minute silence would be held at end of season matches.
Mr Mizen said: "I have learned that we have an instant rapport with Sally and Colin Knox because they have been through it. We hope to get to know Richard Taylor, the father of Damilola Taylor, as well.
"Sometimes you feel like the only people who can understand you are the ones who have been through it too."
After a 45 minute memorial service this Sunday, a bench shaped into two Olive branches will be unveiled by the Mayor of Lewisham Steve Bullock near the Three Cooks Bakery in Jimmy's memory.
For more information visit www.jimmymizen.co.uk.
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