REFLECTION OF GUN VIOLENCE AND KNIFE CRIME

MY TAKE ON THE RECENT KNIFE CRIME AND GUN VIOLENCE

 

Over the past few months, the number of death rolls has increased massively and majority of these deaths were as a result of gun violence and knife crimes. According to the Sun, “t least 51 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the beginning of the year.

So far in 2018 there have been 1,296 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police.” It has been also reported that by June at least stabbing in London were reported on a daily.

On the same day, a man believed to be in his early 20s was left fighting for his life after being stabbed in Bermondsey, South London.

And on June 12, a man in his 20s was knifed outside Tesco in Kensington, West London, and taken to hospital with stab wounds.

Five days later, a 15-year-old was rushed to hospital after being stabbed multiple times in South East London. His injuries are not life-threatening.

On July 2 a teenage boy was stabbed in the stomach with a 10-inch kitchen knife on a busy Islington street.

  • January 1– Steve Frank Navarez-Jara, 20, Islington
  • January 3 – Elizabeta Lacatusu, 44, Redbridge
  • January 8– Daniel Frederick, 34, died in Hackney
  • January 9 – Dami Odeyingbo, 18, stabbed in Bromley
  • January 11– Harry Uzoka, 25, killed in Shepherd’s Bush
  • January 28– Yaya Mbye, 26, stabbed in Stoke Newington
  • January 29 Juan Olmos Saca, 39, stabbed in Peckham
  • January 31– Khader Saleh, 25, stabbed at Wormwood Scrubs prison
  • February 3– Hassan Ozcan, 19, knifed in Barking
  • February 3 -Kwabena Nelson, a youth worker, died after being stabbed near his home in Tottenham
  • February 8– Hannah Leonard, 55, stabbed in a flat in Camden
  • February 11– Sabri Chibani, 19, stabbed in Streatham
  • February 13– Saeeda Hussain, 54, was stabbed in Ilford
  • February 14 – Lord Promise Nkenda, 17, stabbed in Canning Town
  • February 18 – Lewis Blackman, 19, knifed in Kensington
  • February 19– Rotimi Oshibanjo, 26, stabbed in Southall
  • February 20– Sadiq Mohammed, 20, stabbed in Camden
  • February 20 – Abdikarim Hassan, 17, stabbed in Camden
  • February 25 – Michael Boyle, 44, stabbed in the chest
  • March 1– Christopher Beaumont, 42, stabbed in Hammersmith
  • March 5 – Laura Figueira, 47, stabbed in Twickenham
  • March 5 – Kelva Smith, 20, knifed in Croydon
  • March 14 –  Lyndon Davis, 18, stabbed in Chadwell Heath
  • March 16– Naomi Hersi, 36, found with stab wounds at hotel near Heathrow Airport
  • March 17– Russell Jones, 23, stabbed in Enfield
  • March 18– Tyrone Silcot, 41, stabbed in Hackney
  • March 19 -Balbir Johal, 48, knifed in Southall
  • March 19– A 41-year-old was stabbed to death in Waltham Forest
  • March 20 – Beniamin Pieknyi, 21, stabbed at Stratford shopping centre
  • March 26– David Potter, 50, stabbed in Tooting
  • March 29 – Reece Tshoma, 23, stabbed in Plumstead
  • March 30 – Leyla Mtumwa, 36, found with stab wounds at a home in Haringey
  • April 1– A 20-year-old was stabbed in Wandsworth
  • April 4 – A 38-year-old man was stabbed at a house in Lewisham
  • April 4– Israel Ogunsola, 18, was stabbed to death in Hackney on 4 April.
  • January 1 – Steve Frank Navarez-Jara, 20, Islington
  • January 3 – Elizabeta Lacatusu, 44, Redbridge
  • January 8 – Daniel Frederick, 34, died in Hackney
  • January 9 – Dami Odeyingbo, 18, stabbed in Bromley
  • January 11 – Harry Uzoka, 25, killed in Shepherd’s Bush
  • January 28 – Yaya Mbye, 26, stabbed in Stoke Newington
  • January 29 – Juan Olmos Saca, 39, stabbed in Peckham
  • January 31 – Khader Saleh, 25, stabbed at Wormwood Scrubs prison
  • February 3 – Hassan Ozcan, 19, knifed in Barking
  • February 3  Kwabena Nelson, a youth worker, died after being stabbed near his home in Tottenham
  • February 8 – Hannah Leonard, 55, stabbed in a flat in Camden
  • February 11 – Sabri Chibani, 19, stabbed in Streatham
  • February 13 – Saeeda Hussain, 54, was stabbed in Ilford
  • February 14 – Lord Promise Nkenda, 17, stabbed in Canning Town
  • February 18 – Lewis Blackman, 19, knifed in Kensington
  • February 19 – Rotimi Oshibanjo, 26, stabbed in Southall
  • February 20 – Sadiq Mohammed, 20, stabbed in Camden
  • February 20 – Abdikarim Hassan, 17, stabbed in Camden
  • February 25 – Michael Boyle, 44, stabbed in the chest
  • March 1 – Christopher Beaumont, 42, stabbed in Hammersmith
  • March 5 – Laura Figueira, 47, stabbed in Twickenham
  • March 5 – Kelva Smith, 20, knifed in Croydon
  • March 14 –  Lyndon Davis, 18, stabbed in Chadwell Heath
  • March 16 – Naomi Hersi, 36, found with stab wounds at hotel near Heathrow Airport
  • March 17 – Russell Jones, 23, stabbed in Enfield
  • March 18 – Tyrone Silcot, 41, stabbed in Hackney
  • March 19  Balbir Johal, 48, knifed in Southall
  • March 19 – A 41-year-old was stabbed to death in Waltham Forest
  • March 20 – Beniamin Pieknyi, 21, stabbed at Stratford shopping centre
  • March 26 – David Potter, 50, stabbed in Tooting
  • March 29 – Reece Tshoma, 23, stabbed in Plumstead
  • March 30 – Leyla Mtumwa, 36, found with stab wounds at a home in Haringey
  • April 1 – A 20-year-old was stabbed in Wandsworth
  • April 4 – A 38-year-old man was stabbed at a house in Lewisham
  • April 4 – Israel Ogunsola, 18, was stabbed to death in Hackney on 4 April.

 

One incident that greatly influenced this article was the story and death of 15 year old Junior Gunzman Feliz. He was only a young man trying to do something great for himself as he was signed up to a police programme for young kids. However this young man’s dreams came to an end when he was stabbed to death as a result of mistaken identity, what had happened was that a young girl was involved in a sex tape and her brother swore to take revenge on the young boy who was involved, however Junior who happen to be a look a like was stabbed and killed insead. Police has however reported that the criminals are now facing justice. Rest in peace Junior.

 

My take on the whole issue is that, the media in someway is to be blamed for these knife crimes and gun attacks, I say this because the media portrays violence as an appropriate trait for young men, as a man, one needs to talk ratchet, act in a violent manner in order to be accepted by society, hence a lot of young men act this way on social media until social media becomes their real life. Many at times most of the young people involved are never always in the wrong, but just like Junior, they end up being victims of circumstances. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by gun and knife crimes.

 

 

 

 

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