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Edmonton peace march over teenage murders in London

  • 18 June 2011
  • From the section London

Relatives of young people murdered in gang violence have been marching in north London, close to the spot where a 15-year-old was killed in April.

They called for an end to knife and gun crime in Enfield, where eight young men have suffered fatal attacks since 2008.

"I have become increasingly angry at the amount of youth killings in the area," said organiser Hazel Williams.

Seven teenagers have been murdered in London this year so far - one was shot, one beaten and the rest were stabbed.

Among them was Negus McClean, who was stabbed in the chest and thigh in Westminster Road, Edmonton, on 10 April.

Image caption Negus McClean was chased by about 13 people before he was stabbed to death in April

His cousin said the teenager was killed while defending his brother from violence.

It is believed that about 13 young men, believed to be on bicycles, chased Negus before he died.

The march, which took place on Saturday morning, went from Enfield to Edmonton, where workshops were being held to consider ways to eliminate attacks involving young people.

"The young people are saying, 'we want you to listen to us', so we've organised this march," said Mrs Williams.

"They will be given a platform to tell us why they are so angry and what they need in order to stop the violence," she said.

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