Chris’s mum, Theresa, tells his story
Chris was 17, had a job and in his spare time was volunteering for Connexions. Several of the young people on the Connexions programme had become close friends and Chris popped around to see them one evening on 5th June 2003. When he arrived his friends said that a gang had been trying to break into their bedsit.
Chris went to the door to give the gang cigarettes and ask them to leave but they kicked down the door and stabbed him in the back. Whilst he was haemorrhaging they stabbed him in both legs.
I was woken by neighbours shouting through the letter box ‘it’s your son, he’s been stabbed’. I ran to find him lying on the floor with a knife inside him. I knew he had gone.
I followed the ambulance to the hospital and asked to see Chris. Although in my head I knew he was dead, my heart was praying to find him still hooked up to a life support machine. Instead I found him in a white body bag. I asked to hold his hand and I was able to close his eyes.
I was lucky. I got to say goodbye.
Chris didn’t do anything wrong in his whole life. I decided then that some good would come of his senseless death. I went through the trial which saw one man convicted. He is still inside after 12 years.
Since then I’ve talked to school children, lobbied MPs and been on the TV. I was asked to do a talk at Point 7 – this was seven years ago – and I’m now running the programme across the country.
I set up the Chris Cave Foundation to support other families and won £10k from the Big Lottery Fund to support our work. We are now producing a film by young people for young people. Please contact us if you have a story you would like to tell http://www.thechriscavefoundation.org/
Nicholas was a nineteen year old City of Bristol College student who was murdered on the stairwell of his home in March 2014. Nicolas was on a bricklaying course, was engaged to his girlfriend Shannon and had a promising future ahead of him.
Luchiano Barnes, also 19, was convicted of his murder.
The impact of Nick’s death radiates out way beyond Nicholas and Luchiano; in its wake it captures mums, dads, sisters, brothers, friends and everyone who loved them. The collateral damage is frightening.
The Murder Detectives tells the story of the far-reaching consequences of impact of knife crime in the UK.
And Nicholas’s death inspired the knives shatter lives campaign.
Samantha’s mum, Alison, tells her story
Samantha was an ordinary teenager. She liked to push boundaries, she was beautiful, happy and had big aims in life. She was just about to start a business studies course.
When she got pregnant at 18 it was a bit of a shock but she decided to have the baby. She called him Callum.
On the day of her murder Samantha left 10 week old Callum with her sister for the first night out with friends since his birth. Shortly after arriving at a friend’s house there was an altercation with two of Sam’s friends. Two men with knives started laying into them. Jordan Jobson then came out of a nearby flat and started to attack Samantha. She didn’t stand a chance. She was stabbed 43 times with a 9 inch knife.
Sam was 18 years old. Sam’s killer Jordan Jobson was 15 years old. Callum was 68 days old.
Two lives ended that night but the wider devastation is hard to explain. People say time is a healer, it isn’t, it gets worse. What you are left with is in pieces. Life goes on; my other daughter has had two children since Sam died, but every happiness is tinged with sadness because I think about what Sam would be doing now.
Callum is 8 years old and is a lovely, happy little boy. He’s a fluent reader and every day I’m worried he will read something about how his mum was murdered. So I’m finding a way to talk to him about what happened.
Jobson killed Sam but there is no way I’m going to let that killer kill me. I’m determined to give Callum the best life possible. I would like him to be a lawyer and give out longer sentences to murderers like Jobson. But whatever career path Callum takes, I just pray he is happy
Jay’s mum, Caroline, tells his story
My son Jay was 17 and studying for A levels. He was caring, polite, loved by his teachers and adored by his family.
He’d just learned to drive so offered to take friends to a house party. We knew where he was going and who he was with.
Shortly after arriving at the party a group of boys started having a go at Jay’s friend and knocked him to the floor. As Jay went to help his friend one of them grabbed Jay, hit him with a bottle and stabbed him.
Jay staggered to the neighbour’s house to get help. He died on the doorstep.
Following Jay’s murder I started visiting schools to talk to young people and teachers about the danger of knives. I have yet to visit a school, including small rural schools, and not find weapons. As demand for my work increased I set up my charity ‘Only cowards carry knives’ which is supported by Essex Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Kids need to know and I ask all parents to talk to their children about the dangers of knives.
Jourdan’s mum, Moya, tells his story
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Gokham’s mum and dad, tell his story
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