Remembering the Victims of Knife Crime: Kodjo Yenga

Knife crime has risen exponentially in the UK over the past decade and has taken the lives of many innocent victims. It is important to remember that behind every incident of knife crime is a life that has been taken. A person who has been ripped from their family, friends and loved ones. One of the victims of a horrific knife crime was Kodjo Yenga, a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in West London.

Knife Crime Victim was on TV Knife Show

Kodjo Yenga was chased, beaten and stabbed through the heart in west London on the 14th of March 2007. Five days before this tragic knife crime, Kodjo appeared on television to discuss the danger of knife crime. He told MTV that ‘stabbings are getting worse, but the media is also making it bigger than what it is’. Kodjo Yenga was an interviewee in a programme about knife crime and discussed the prevalence of knife crime. Police officers reported that Kodjo was walking in Hammersmith Grove with his girlfriend when he was approach by a large group of youths.

Nine Arrested following Knife Crime

Nine people, aged 13 to 21, have been arrested in connected with Kodjo Yenga’s murder. Two teenagers were later sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in jail for the knife murder of Kodjo Yenga. Three other teenagers were sentenced to 10 years detention – they were aged between 15 and 17.

 ‘Friendly, Gentle and Peaceful’

Kodjo Yenga was described as a friendly and peaceful young man who was dearly loved by many. His mother, Ladjua Lesele, released a statement following her son’s killing appealing young people to stop carrying guns and knives. She told them to think about the ‘ripples of pain’ they leave the families whose loved ones they ‘thoughtlessly kill in a moment of madness’.

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