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One Minute in May vigil held for young knife crime victims

CALLING FOR UNITY: Mark Prince, whose son Kiyan was killed in a 2006 knife attack, addresses the crowd outside Downing Street today (April 1) [PIC CREDIT: Urbanology]

FAMILY AND friends of young people killed by gun and knife crime in the capital gathered outside Downing Street earlier today (May 1) to remember their loved ones with a minute’s silence.

One Minute In May, a campaign fronted by Mark Prince, whose son Kiyan was fatally stabbed in 2006 while intervening to prevent the bullying of another boy, said he hoped the event would confront the ever-growing threat of knife and gun crime in London by educating children about the dangers of violent crime through a variety of means, including vigils.

Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show this morning, Prince said it was his goal to penetrate and dismantle the origins of gang culture with this project and his own Kiyan Prince Foundation.

The current MBC Cruiserweight Champion, explained: “A lot of these guys are normal young people who are coming from decent homes and they just get caught up in youth society. They’re sheep, they’re just following. They haven’t found their own identity.

“A lot of them have their own problems and a lot of them don’t, but they’re just following so they pick up the knife. they’re They think carrying a knife is going to help them and protect them, which is the wrong concept so they need educating. That’s why what we’re doing is important.”

Hundreds gathered at today’s event, which organisers hope will become an annual affair, and watched as speakers and performances – including UK gospel singer Lurine Cato - celebrated the lives of those that had been cut short and educate impressionable young people on the dangers of carrying a gun or a knife.

At the end of the event, attendees released a mixture of black, blue and red balloons each representing a young person lost to violence on the capital’s streets.

Sharing a video on Twitter, the organisation simply wrote: “Beautiful.”

Twitter user @OpinionsOfNaiya, added: “‪#OneMinuteInMay R.I.P to all the youths that were a victim of violence.”

‪@OriginalGucci1‬ added: “Amazing morning, amazing people & amazing campaign”.

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