Pals pitch in to remember knife victim Shaquan
Football match is played in memory of murdered Islington teenager
03 August, 2018 — By Samantha Booth
Shaquan Sammy-Plummer’s friends who competed in a football match in his memory
DOZENS of a murdered teenager’s friends competed in a football match to remember him at the weekend.
Jessica Plummer said she was proud of her son’s school friends who organised the match – the third annual competition for charity since her son Shaquan Sammy-Plummer was stabbed to death in January 2015.
The 47-year-old now runs a foundation in his name, raising awareness of the impact of violent crime on families.
Ms Plummer, of Parkview Crescent, Finsbury Park, said: “It makes me feel good that I’m able to work alongside Shaquan’s friends and go out and raise awareness.
“They want positive things and want children to follow in their footsteps.
“I say they are all my children and they call me auntie.”
Jemal Williams, of Berkeley Gardens in Enfield, was given a life sentence in 2016, with a minimum of 24 years in jail, for stabbing Shaquan in the chest.
Hillrise councillor Michelline Safi Ngongo with Jessica Plummer and Jeremy Corbyn
The attack happened after Williams refused the 17-year-old entry to a house party in Enfield.
Ms Plummer said working alongside her son’s friends also helps her with her grief.
“They help me to move forward, I still miss him,” she said. “Especially when I see some of his friends graduating this year.
“He’s gone but I’ve got a community still and other children who are looking at me as a role model.”
Perciss Frimpong, 21, who went to school with Shaquan at St Ignatius College in Enfield, helped plan the football match last Saturday in Elthorne Park. It was attended by Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn and local councillors.
Mr Frimpong said: “We loved Shaq a lot. He was really like blood to us. This is another way to make sure his memory lives on in a positive way.]
“It’s important for his mum to have that support system. Even going and seeing her when we are back from university to check on her.
“We want to grow the tournament to bring people together to raise awareness, not just about knife crime but about being there for people when these kind of situations happen.”