THE parents of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen urged young people and communities to work together as they held a memorial service to mark the tenth anniversary of their son’s death.
Barry and Margaret Mizen said it was ‘absolutely right’ to forgive their son’s young killer and said they had no desire for retribution — but added they will never meet him.
Jimmy, 16, bled to death when he was attacked at a bakery in Lee, south-east London, by Jake Fahri on May 10, 2008. Fahri, then 19, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life.
Speaking at the service at St George’s Cathedral in Southwark, attended by London mayor Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, his parents reiterated the need to address youth crime.
It comes amid a spate of violence in London this year. Mrs Mizen also described her final moments with Jimmy. She told the Press Association: ‘I can remember everything about that day, in detail. He was really happy and three minutes later he was dead.
‘I saw him in a pool of blood, one of his brothers was holding him. Jimmy’s life just ebbed away.’
She went on: ‘We’ve met many young people who have committed murder, they’re not bad people, they’ve just made bad decisions and ruined their own life as well.’
She said it was ‘highly unlikely’ the family, including Jimmy’s eight siblings, would meet Fahri, but explained: ‘By forgiving him, it allows me to look out the window and see the sun shining and the flowers blossoming. If I didn’t it would fill me with so much hate that I wouldn’t be able to do these things.’
The Mizens, who made headlines for their positivity, created the For Jimmy charity to help community cohesion.