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Birmingham service remembers tragic victims of street crime

REMEMBRANCE: Gleen Reid, whose 28-year-old son was shot dead outside a Birmingham nightclub in 2003

A CHURCH service to remember those who have been killed in violent street crimes is being held in Birmingham tomorrow (Nov 28th).

It is being organised by anti-gun campaigner Gleen Reid, who lost her only son to street crime outside a Handsworth community centre in 2003.

Gleen, who runs the charity Families for Peace, has been organising the annual memorial services for more than a decade. She said: “People in Birmingham like to think that gun and knife crime is no longer a problem, but we’ve had three murders here in the past month, plus many more stabbings and shootings.

“This problem has not gone away – it is still ruining people’s lives. Many people think it will never reach their door, but that is where they are so wrong.”

The service will be held at the Church of God of Prophecy Outreach Centre in Long Acre, Nechells at 11am on Saturday. In keeping with tradition, refreshments will be served afterwards in the church hall.

Key speakers will include Rev Canon Eve Pitts, Rev Dr Carver Anderson, and Yvonne Mosquito, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands.

The service will be led by Bishop Mike Wilson and Owen Uriah and will include violinist Melika Queely and award winning musician Annette B, who will broadcast her video Weeping Eyes, which highlights the pain caused by gun and knife crime.

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