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Stab victims’ families unite for Barking and Dagenham anti-knife crime march

PUBLISHED: 17:19 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:14 16 January 2017

Sue Hedges and April Hayden, in white T-shirts, joined Beatrice, wearing a white hat and scarf, to end knife crime in Barking and Dagenham

Sue Hedges and April Hayden, in white T-shirts, joined Beatrice, wearing a white hat and scarf, to end knife crime in Barking and Dagenham

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More than 100 people marched against knife crime today alongside the families of two young men who were stabbed to death.

More than 100 people met in Barking to protest knife crime after stabbings in Chadwell Heath and DagenhamMore than 100 people met in Barking to protest knife crime after stabbings in Chadwell Heath and Dagenham

Shouts of “drop the knife, save a life” and “RIP Ricky and Dee” were heard across Barking and Dagenham as the grieving parents of Ricky Hayden and Duran Kajiama Makongolo took a stand against the violence that killed them.

Marching from Barking Town Hall in Town Square, 52-year-old Beatrice Mushiya caught the Tube with protestors to Dagenham Heathway before speaking at the spot in Wyhill Walk where 17-year-old Duran collapsed after being stabbed two months ago today.

Joined by Sue Hedges – whose son Ricky was stabbed to death outside his home in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath, on September 13 last year – Beatrice thanked the crowd for coming out to support her the day before she buries her son.

“I thank God for your lives – you are great men and women,” she said. “When you’re still alive you need to appreciate it and appreciate other lives as well.

Cllr Darren Rodwell joined marchers in their stand against knife crime in Barking and DagenhamCllr Darren Rodwell joined marchers in their stand against knife crime in Barking and Dagenham

“My son didn’t deserve to die, he was a good boy and you all came out because you love him.”

Supported by daughter April Hayden, Sue spoke of the importance of ending knife crime in the borough.

“We’re here today because we’re against knife crime,” she said. “We’ve seen the devastation it’s caused to our family and we’re not putting up with it.”

After a minute’s silence in Wyhill Walk, where Cllr Laila Butt placed flowers for Duran, Beatrice said knives were for cowards.

“You’re not strong if you carry a knife – you’re weak,” she said. “We need to stop this together.”

Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell and Barking MP Dame Margaret Hodge also joined the march.

Duran, who lived in Ibscott Close, Dagenham, will be buried tomorrow following a funeral service at Bethel London’s Riverside Church in Parsloes Avenue. The funeral procession will begin at the family’s home at 9am.


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