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Romford stabbing: Mum of killed Harold Hill teen to hold march against knife crime

PUBLISHED: 07:52 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 07:52 26 May 2017

Peguy Kato, wearing a t-shirt with her son Champion Ganda's picture on, has organised a march (Picture: Ellie Hoskins)

Peguy Kato, wearing a t-shirt with her son Champion Ganda's picture on, has organised a march (Picture: Ellie Hoskins)

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The mum of a 17-year-old boy who died after being stabbed 11 times will be holding an anti-knife crime march through the streets of Romford.

Peguy Kato’s world was torn apart when she was told that her son Champion Ganda had been killed in the middle of a street four years ago. And not a day goes by when she does not think of him.

She knows how Hosam Eisa’s family feel this week.

“When you have lost your son, it is not about years, it is about days,” she said.

“We miss him when we eat, we miss him when everyone comes home and he’s the only one not there. We always miss him.

“When I’m holding a knife to eat, I think that’s the weapon that took my son away.”

Champion was stabbed in 2013 during a fight involving belts, a hammer and at least one knife within metres of a primary school in Forest Gate, Newham.

Amani Lynch, of Canning Town, was found guilty of manslaughter and convicted of wounding another boy with intent in March and was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.

Peguy, who lives in Harold Hill, will hold her march against knife crime on September 16 in Romford.

She said: “I am feeling all the pain that the mum of the boy killed at The Brewery is feeling.

“As if the world has grown dark and is coming to an end.

“Eventually you do try to enjoy yourself but it feels like I’m not allowed to.

“Nothing is the same again after you lose your child.”

Peguy is also eager to start visiting schools around the borough to speak to students about the effects carrying a knife can really have.

She said: “I want these kids to see the impact that this has on that person’s family.

“You’re not only hurting them, you’re ruining the lives of their mum, dad, brothers, sisters, friends.

“If I can just make one boy stop from carrying a knife and hurting someone by telling them my story, then all of it would be worth it.”


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