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Sister of stabbing victim in call for knife amnesty bins

Football tournament is held in memory of man killed at Finsbury Park house party

20 May, 2018 — By William McLennan

Kwasi Anim-Boadu with his sister Naya

THE sister of a 20-year-old man who was stabbed to death at a house party in Finsbury Park has called for young men to put down their weapons.

Naya Anim-Boadu, whose brother Kwasi was killed last month, said: “This should stop from now. We don’t want any bitterness or people taking revenge. We want young people to know that there is something more important.”

She said more knife amnesty bins should be installed outside churches and community centres, to allow weapons to be disposed of safely.

Kwasi, who was known as “Junior” or “Lavish”, was attacked on the Andover Estate, off Seven Sisters Road, on April 21. His death is one of at least 36 fatal stabbings in London this year.

A football tournament in honour of Kwasi was held on Friday near the family home in Camden Town on what would have been his 21st birthday. A celebration of his life took place on Saturday. Mr Anim-Boadu was a former altar boy at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, in Kentish Town.

He was due to restart a business studies degree in September.

Kwasi’s death is one of at least 36 fatal stabbings in London this year

His death shocked members of the congregation and a crowdfunding site to cover the costs of his funeral has raised more than £7,000. Donors paid tribute to a “bubbly and funny person” and a “lovely, polite young man”.

Naya said she had taken strength from all the messages of support, adding: “No one had anything bad to say about him. People still come over and tell me things about him.”

She said that she had been reflecting on the rise in fatal stabbings across London, which disproportionately affect young men.

“It’s often very minor things,” she added. “I feel like a lot of males have got a lot of pride. Everyone wants to show they are the bigger person and they don’t want to back down.

“Instead of saying ‘I don’t want to fight’ and just sorting it out, they would rather fight. They see a lot of trauma. They don’t know how to express themselves. I think they have a lot of mental health problems.”

No one has been charged with the murder of Mr Anim-Boadu and his sister appealed for witnesses to contact police. She said: “We still haven’t got any witnesses. If you were there, go see the police anonymously.”

Anyone who witnessed the attack is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference CAD1054/21APR or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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