The Devastation of a community-the knife crime corner by Courtney Barrett.


On March 7 this year, Ricardo Fuller, a talented 24 year old rapper from Walthamstow, attended a private party at a venue on Ilford High Street called No Problem. Ricardo, also known as ‘Talent’ was a respected rapper with a very promising future ahead of him. But sadly, on the morning of the 7th of March 2020, Ricardo’s life was to be brutally taken from him.

At approximately 5am Ricardo was outside the No Problem night club on Ilford High Street when he was attacked and stabbed in the neck. He was then chased, so went back into the venue for help. Security called the emergency services reporting the stab injury. They arrived soon after and took Ricardo to the local hospital. At approximately 11.40 am Ricardo was pronounced dead.

Two men were arrested in connection with the case, but were released without charge. The investigation is still ongoing.

Ricardo was well known by a lot of people, and well respected too, so his murder has hit the entire community extremely hard. His family and friends are totally devestated, and will never be the same again.

Ricardo’s distraught mother Vicki Fuller said, “Ricardo was well-respected and liked by many, in and around his community. He has been a massive influence and positive role model for many of his own generation. We as a family have been deeply saddened by what has happened. We have lost a very loving member of the family. His legacy will remain, and he will live on in our hearts forever.”

Ricardo.

Ricardo’s family will now undoubtedly endure a lifetime of pain and torment like so many other families who have lost their loved ones to knife crime. Every day is like living in a nightmare for parents of murder victims. Even years later the torment never goes away.

A UNITED COMMUNITYAs a community we are all affected when someone is murdered, so as a community we must unite against knife crime. “How do we do that?”, you may ask. Well there is something we can all do to try and help reduce knife crime on our streets. Join the Binning Knives Saves Lives campaign and get involved in being part of the solution. Binning Knives Saves Lives CIC are reducing knife crime and making a massive difference to communities across London, and even nationwide.

BKSL are prolific in removing knives from the streets and taking them out of circulation. Last year in an 8 month period BKSL took over 1000 knives off the streets of London, whilst spreading awareness to many thousands of people nationwide. BKSL have also visited schools, youths, and gang members, mentoring them and putting them on the right path in life by enrolling them into ongoing activities where they feel part of a unit and have a sense of purpose in life. The transformation in nearly all of the youths BKSL have enrolled into meaningful activities has been incredible. The culmination of everything BKSL do, reduced knife crime offences by 34% in Waltham Forest during 2019, whilst it rose in every other London borough.

BKSL are a voluntary community run organisation who are dedicated to making communities safer for everyone. You can join the campaign and help to make a difference in your community by emailing binningknivessaveslives@gmail.com or by joining tht BKSL Facebook group ‘Binning Knives Saves Lives’.

COMING SOONBining Knives Saves Lives CIC are coming to Havering. Launching on Sunday November 1st, BKSL will be hitting the streets of Havering in an effort to reduce knife crime by using various tactics which we have already proven to be successful.
BKSL are always looking for volunteers to join the team every other Sunday for a few hours, so please email me if you’d like to join us in helping to make Havering a safer place for everyone.

CONTACT
You can contact me with queries, questions and requests by emailing me @ binningknivessaveslives@gmail.com
By Courtney Barrett (The Knife Man

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