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United in grief: Parents remember teen Jimmy

PUBLISHED: 18:29 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:41 25 August 2010

BOND: (clockwise from the top) Barry Mizen, Colin Knox, Sally Knox, Richard Taylor and Margaret Mizen sitting on Jimmy’s bench.

BOND: (clockwise from the top) Barry Mizen, Colin Knox, Sally Knox, Richard Taylor and Margaret Mizen sitting on Jimmy’s bench.

PARENTS of youths killed on the streets of South London were united in memory of Jimmy Mizen one year after his murder.

PARENTS of youths killed on the streets of South London were united in memory of Jimmy Mizen one year after his murder.

A memorial service held for the 16-year-old Eltham schoolboy who was killed after a row in a Lee bakery was attended by the parents of Rob Knox and the father of Damilola Taylor, Richard. Damilola's mother Gloria died of a suspected heart attack in April last year.

Around 300 people attended a service held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, in Burnt Ash Hill, Lee, before a commemorative bench, made into the shape of Olive branches, was unveiled last Sunday.

Dad Barry Mizen said: "I'm so pleased that Richard Taylor, Colin and Sally Knox came along. It has helped us through.

"There is an instant bond between families that have suffered this kind of tragedy. It was a really good service, we feel so supported."

Mr Mizen, who has a shoe repair shop in Sidcup High Street, said traders were leaders of the community and could take a lead in fighting antisocial behaviour.

Some 40 shops in Burnt Ash Hill have joined a South London Citizens' Campaign to report all acts of antisocial behaviour.

Mr Taylor, from Shooters Hill, told the Times: "My message to people who are needlessly aggressive and antisocial, is that we will fight them all the way.

"We will continue to remember our children together, and send the message to aggressive youths that enough is enough.


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