Remembering the Victims of Knife Crime: Mohammed Dura-Ray

Knife crime has taken the lives of hundreds of victims and has seen steady rise in recent years. It is important to remember that behind every headline and statistic is the reality of loss, suffering and pain that is felt by the victim and their families. One of these victims is Mohammed Dura-Ray – this is his story.

Mohammed Dura-Ray was 16 years old when he became a victim of knife crime. His mother, Marima Baby Kamara, described him as her little star. Mohammed Dura-Ray had a promising future with hopes of becoming an engineering student. He was the kind of boy who would always help the elderly to carry their shopping to their front door and check on his family every night. The night before his murder he was preparing for his mother’s birthday, he had left her a card, flowers and a hat that he had made himself.

Knife Crime Left Unsolved

Old Southwark MP, Neil Coyle, stated that nationally nine in ten crimes go unpunished and highlighted that the Government has denied the Met funding for dealing with cases like Mohammed’s, where knife crime has cost numerous families to lose their children without seeing anyone brought to justice.

Mohammed Dura-Ray was found with multiple stab wounds in Canterbury Place, Walworth on the 14th September 2015. Seven males, including two 16-year-old teenagers, were arrested in connection with the knife crime. However, after one key witness refused to provide key evidence in this crime, the charges were dropped. According to Mohammed’s friends, his murder was filmed and shared on Snapchat. Witnesses saw Mohammed crying out in pain in the Newington Estate in Kennington, less than a mile from his Walworth home. The motive for this knife crime is unclear – his family still do not know for sure whether this was a gang-related incident of knife crime or whether this was a case of mistaken identity. Regardless, a son was taken from his mother when Mohammed Dura-Ray was fatally stabbed – it is a pain that should not be experienced by anyone.