Peace march in memory of violent deaths in Hackney

Community march in memory of recent victims of violent crime in Hackney.  Credit: Janette Collins.

Peace march in memory of recent victims of violent crime in Hackney. Credit: Janette Collins.

A peace march calling for an end to violence in Hackney took place on Sunday after a spate of shocking deaths in the last few weeks.

The march was organised by community groups in memory of young father Moses Fadairo, 25, who was shot dead in broad daylight last month.

The march is also in memory of Marcel Addai, 17, who was stabbed to death on the St John’s Estate by a gang, as well as Ben Kinsella, Alan Cartwright and other victims of street violence.

The Crib youth club, set up in memory of Robert Levy who was stabbed 11 years ago, organised the march from Haggerston Overground Station to the Town Hall, Mare Street.

Janette Collins, Project Manager from the Crib, told EastLondonLines: “The reason behind the march is to raise awareness of the youth crime problem that has been rapidly changing in numbers.

“It was to show the community the huge majority of young peoples lives taken in just ten years. We wanted to communicate the message clearly that ‘enough is enough’ and this has to stop today.”

“The turn out was incredible with a mix of different people of all different nationalities, all of which want to help make a change and are making change,” she said.

“I feel like we got the message across very clearly and hopefully people respond and we start to see change and hopefully our streets become safe due to the impact of our work.”

Collins thinks there isn’t enough being done to tackle violent crime in Hackney, and calls for people to stand together in solidarity saying “enough is enough”.

Cllr Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Hackney Council said: ”We continue to work with the police and partners to tackle violent crime while supporting those that are affected the most.

It is through the community, families and police working together that we will bring about lasting change.”


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