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Rapper records track for murdered best pal

PUBLISHED: 16:03 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 25 August 2010

PROTEST SONG: Liam Prior and Jake Crowther and (inset) victim Faridon Alizada.

PROTEST SONG: Liam Prior and Jake Crowther and (inset) victim Faridon Alizada.

FRIENDS of an 18-year-old who was stabbed to death by a psychotic drug addict have recorded a song to highlight the effects of knife crime.

FRIENDS of an 18-year-old who was stabbed to death by a psychotic drug addict have recorded a song to highlight the effects of knife crime.

Faridon Alizada was murdered in a crack den at the 15-storey Verona House on the Larner Road Estate, Erith, on January 5, 2008.

His killer Lee James, 32, who also stabbed two 16-year-olds, is serving a minimum 25 year sentence.

The victim's friends have now released the song Hear My Cries to mark two years since his death and to stop other murders.

They hope the track, to be released on iTunes within a month, will make youngsters in south-east London and Dartford, where Faridon spent most of his time, put down their knives.

Rapper 'Smash' - real name Liam Prior - features on the track by Chelle Nunn, which has been recorded and released by Digital Liquid Phantom Studios.

The 19-year-old, from Cobham, said: "Faridon was my best mate and his murder was terrible for many people.

"We wanted to record a track raising awareness and making the youth of today turn away from knife crime.

"Knife crime should not be glamorised; my friend died because he was stabbed. We want to push this record out and also keep Faridon's memory alive at the same time."

Former professional bare knuckle fighter James, formerly of Sutherland Road, Erith, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on December 22, 2008.

The frequent visitor to the drug den took a 12 inch knife hidden in his jacket with the intention of robbing the place.

After smoking crack cocaine in a bedroom he lashed out with the knife, murdering Mr Alizada and almost killing a second teenager he nearly decapitated by stabbing him in the neck.

Sentencing Judge Anthony Pitts said: "The murder was in the end only of one person but that was sheer chance."

He praised the actions of the teen saying he showed "extraordinary courage" to try and protect others when he was "literally cut to pieces."

Friend Jake Dean, from Abbey Wood, recorded, edited and mixed the track at his Abbey Wood studio.

He said: "Faridon had many close friends. It's two years since the murder and we want to do something positive in his memory."

The track is expected to feature on an album in production called Digital Flavour Volume 1. Listen to the track at www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOR3TIWFGCs.

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