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Two years after murder Mizen family find peace

PUBLISHED: 15:53 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:54 25 August 2010

UNITED: Brothers Bobby, Danny, Harry, Tommy, George and Billy Mizen.

UNITED: Brothers Bobby, Danny, Harry, Tommy, George and Billy Mizen.

THE family of a murdered teenager say they are marking the second anniversary of his death by building a legacy of peace

THE family of a murdered teenager say they are marking the second anniversary of his death by "building a legacy of peace".

Jimmy Mizen, who would have turned 18 this Sunday, was brutally murdered on May 10, 2008 a day after his sixteenth birthday.

He died in his brother's arms in a bakery in Lee after a glass dish was hurled at him severing an artery in his neck.

Next Monday the family will be holding a "peace service" at Westminster Cathedral. They will be joined by twelve other families who have also lost family members to violent crime including the parents of Robert Knox, Colin and Sally.

The service, which will be attended by the Prince of Wales, will include a one minute silence, readings from Mr and Mrs Mizen, and a musical performance of a song written about Jimmy by his brother, Tommy.

Barry Mizen, Jimmy's father, who has actively campaigned for communities to get involved in reporting crime said: "When someone is ripped out the heart of the family so violently and so young it has an impact.

"We feel the way to bring peace is to fight fear. Your life changes in an instant, it never goes back to how it was. People feel that two years down the line it should be getting easier but it's just as painful.

"We want to see changes come out of the deaths of our children, that's the message we want to give out. All we wanted was the truth to come out that he was a completely innocent schoolboy who was brutally murdered.

"I don't want people to think here's Barry and bow their heads when they see me. I want something positive to come out of it.

"The solution to this angry society is within ourselves. The solution is in our hands, no-one else is going to do it for us. We have to stand up and say we don't want this any more."

The service at Westminster Cathedral will take place next Monday at 3pm and is strictly by invitation only.

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