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‘We want justice for Imani’

Friends and family march in memory of 22-year-old shooting victim who was killed near children’s park

07 August, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Friends and family of Imani Allaway-Muir meet in Paradise Park

FRIENDS and family of a young man who was shot dead near a children’s play park marched from his shrine to the Old Bailey and back.

Placards with the words “Justice for Imani” and a picture of Imani Allaway-Muir, who was killed last month in the Westbourne estate, were held aloft as loved ones marched in memory of the 22-year-old on Sunday afternoon.

Prayers were said outside of the court where five men are due to stand trial for Mr Allaway-Muir’s murder before a minute’s silence was then held at his mother Keetha Allaway’s house.

She told the Tribune: “The minute’s silence was hard for me. When I was marching I had feistiness and fight, we were chanting and I was in the moment. But when I stopped and had that minute to reflect that he is not coming back, that’s when it became emotional.

The march returning from the Old Bailey

“It felt like we were keeping Imani’s memory alive by doing this. We are going to fight this right to the end until I get the convictions he deserves. We are not going stop.”

She added: “I was touched by how many people turned up.

“Everyone came together as a community, we were ringing it through the streets that we are not having this. This happened in broad daylight next to a children’s park. Imani should have been safe.”

The march finished in Paradise Park, near Liverpool Road, where there is a shrine of balloons, candles, flowers and pictures dedicated to the former St Mary Magdalene Academy student.

Imani Allaway-Muir

As the Tribune previously reported, Mr Allaway-Muir’s parents are negotiating with the council to get a permanent memorial put in place for their son.

The family are also raising funds to pay for his funeral.

Ms Allaway, a mother-of-five, said: “I want Imani to have the best send-off. I’m never going to give him another birthday, or celebrate another Christmas with him, or have grandchildren.

“When it comes to the funeral, the plot where we want to bury Imani has been quoted to us for £6,000. Then there is his casket and a horse-drawn carriage.

“It’s not things you would ever dream of considering as a mother.”

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