Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes ‘One Love’ memorial festival

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The One Love event, on Sunday 22 July, has been organised by the family of Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes who was tragically murdered outside the Capital City Academy in January 2017.

The festival, which takes place at Roundwood Park annexe, Willesden, will celebrate Quamari’s life through the music he loved but will also feature a big anti knife crime message with victims and their families speaking from the stage.

Paul Barnes, Quamari’s dad, said: “My son loved music and entertaining and we had a lot of fun doing these things together. So I wanted an event that had singers and rappers, so people could remember the kinds of things he loved. But it’s also important that we spread the message about knife crime.”

Quamari’s mum, Lillian Serunkuma, said: “Knife crime doesn’t just affect the victims, it also destroys the lives of perpetrators. Often these kids do have bright futures and everything to live for, but they snap, they take rash decisions without thinking about the consequences. So it’s two lives that are lost, and two sets of families affected.”

Quamari’s family want young people from across Brent and North West London to come along to the free event on Sunday to enjoy the music and also listen to the inspirational speakers who will share their stories of how knife crime has devastated their lives.

Councillor Tom Miller, Lead Member for Community Safety at Brent Council, said:

“We are really glad we can support this event and work with Quamari’s parents, Paul and Lillian, to bring the anti-knife crime message to the wider community. It promises to be a really memorable day and we hope young people enjoy themselves but also take heed of the anti-knife crime message that we are all trying to spread. Knives destroy lives on both ends of the blade.”

I have attached a quick snapshot of the day.

Cllr Butt

Labour Councillor for Tokyngton ward and Leader of Brent Council

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