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Young man from Camden Town dies in Finsbury Park knife attack

Kwasi Anim-Boadu, 20, "brought joy to everyone around him"

22 April, 2018 — By William McLennan

Mourners have left tributes and made donations on a crowdfunding site

THE family of a young man from Camden Town who died in a stabbing on Saturday has launched a fundraising drive to help pay for this funeral.

Kwasi Anim-Boadu was pronounced dead at the scene in Finsbury Park, Islington, at around 3am.

The 20-year-old, who was known as Junior or Lavish, had been found with knife wounds.

His sister, Naya, who launched a crowdfunding page today (Sunday), said: “Kwasi was a young boy who was full of life, he brought joy to everyone around him through his conspicuous smile and heart warming aura. He was to turn 21 in May and had his whole life ahead of him. This has now come to an end.”

She said: “His life was cut short due to a brutal and violent mindless act of knife crime.”

Actor Letitia Wright, who starred in hit movie Black Panther and is a friend of Mr Anim-Boadu’s sister, tweeted on Saturday: “This is getting closer and closer to home. Seriously this b.s needs to stop.”

The fundraising page was shared by Our Lady Help of Christians Church, a Catholic church in Lady Margaret Road, Kentish Town, who said: “We can close our eyes to things we don’t want to see, but we can not close our hearts to things we don’t wish to feel.”

He is the fourth young man from Camden to be stabbed to death this year.

Lewis Blackman, 19, from Kentish Town, was killed in west London on February 18. Two days later, 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan and Sadiq Aadam, 20, were stabbed to death on one night in a series of linked attacks.

Ms Anim-Bouda said on the fundraising page: “Kwasi was taken away from us in a blink of an eye. His life was lost in a matter of seconds, however he will be in our hearts forever.

“If you love our community, stop killing one another.”

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