On the 7th October Not Another Drop, Brent’s anti-gun crime initiative, and the London Borough of Brent will be holding its annual peace march, which is now in its third year.
The peace march was established by Patsy Hopwood whose son, Kavian was tragically shot in Brent in 2003.
Kavian, a 21-year-old college student, died on the Stonebridge Estate near Harlesden, north-west London. He was killed on 2nd April, the day after the start of a nationwide gun amnesty. His parents still do not know why he died.
Patsy Hopwood said: “Kavian was a wonderfully dedicated and upstanding young man. His life was wasted by somebody who did not have anything better to do than to use my son as target practice.
Too many of our youngsters have died through guns. If you know someone has a gun and you keep silent you are just as guilty as if you had pulled the trigger. The peace march is a chance for the community to show its disgust at these types of crimes.
With the tragic death of Toni-Ann Byfield fresh in our minds, I am urging the residents of Brent and London as a whole to join the annual peace march. Nothing can be done for to bring back my son or Toni-Ann, but I hope together we can stop other young people reaching the same fate.”
Last year the march attracted several hundred people, Patsy and her supporters hope even more people will join them this year.
The march will begin at St. Andrews Church, Willesden, stopping at points of memorial in both Willesden and Harlesden. The march will end at Oakington Manor School in St. Raphael’s where there will be refreshments and a multi-faith service.
The peace march is funded by the Neighbourhood Renewal Team for Harlesden and Stonebridge and supported by the Brent community.
Maps of the route will be available in the coming weeks.