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Families to remember those lost through street crime

REMEMBER: Gleen Reid speaks at last year's Families for Peace memorial service

FAMILIES IN Birmingham and across Britain whose loved ones have been killed in violent street crimes will remember them during a memorial service on Saturday (Oct 27)

It’s almost a decade since the charity Families For Peace, led by anti-gun campaigner Gleen Reid, started holding annual remembrance services to support those who grieve for loved ones long after the media attention fades.

This year’s service at 12 noon will be held for the first time at the Church of God of Prophecy Outreach Centre in Long Acre, Nechells, the original home of the charity.

“We first held our services in city centre locations such as Birmingham Cathedral and St Martin’s but last year we returned to community churches and we are doing the same this year,” said Gleen, whose only son Corey was shot dead outside a Handsworth community centre in 2003.

“People come to this service from across the country because it helps them to meet other families who have been through the same traumatic experience. Over the years families have told us how much comfort they have gained from the services. Everyone is welcome to take part.”

Key speakers on Saturday will include Perry Barr Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, Coun Yvonne Mosquito and Mashuq Ally, the city’s equality and diversity head.

Delaney Brown, an assistant pastor whose 19-year-old grandson was killed in Luton in September will also speak on how these crimes affect families, as will Valerie Dyer whose son 22-year-old son Leon was murdered in a Birmingham park in 2008.

Patsy McKie who runs the Manchester-based Mothers Against Violence campaign group will also speak.

The service will be led by Bishop Mike Wilson and Pastor Owen Uriah with music from Annette B, Simon Adams and Nechells Church Choir. In keeping with tradition dozens of white roses will be handed out to families at the end of the service. Refreshments will follow at the church centre.

HEARTBREAK: Gleen Reid cradles a photograph of her only son Corey with his baby daughter

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