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Mum thanks murdered son’s pals ahead of fundraiser

‘It means the world to me. My son is not alive but he is not forgotten and his spirit is alive’

31 January, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Shaquan Sammy-Plummer with his mother, Jessica

A MOTHER has paid tribute to friends of her murdered son who are hosting a fundraising event in his memory to mark five years since he was stabbed to death.

Friends of Shaquan Sammy-Plummer gathered at his grave yesterday (Thursday) to pay their respects to him before they meet again on Saturday in Finsbury Park to fundraise for the foundation his mother Jessica Plummer set up in his memory.

Shaquan, 17, was knifed to death at a party in Enfield on January 30, 2015.

Ms Plummer, of Park­view Crescent in Finsbury Park, said: “It means the world to me. My son is not alive but he is not forgotten and his spirit is alive.

“What these young people are doing is changing a negative into a positive. Maybe this can be an example to all young people who are lost today. It can show them there is life and teach them to think about the future and what can be achieved.”

Shaquan had been offered several university places including Birmingham and Wolverhampton when he was chased down the street in Enfield be­cause of an argument at a party and stabbed in the chest by Jemal Williams.

Ms Plummer spends her time now travelling around the country giving talks in schools about the impact of knife crime through the foundation she set up in Shaquan’s memory.

She said: “A lot of these young people have gone to university and they are living their lives. I am proud of them. It is what Shaquan was going to do. They asked me if it was OK to host the fundraiser and I said of course.”

Tobi Odulaja, who went to school with Shaquan from Year 7, is helping to organise tomorrow’s event.

He said: “Shaquan was like a brother to all of us, if, God forbid, anything like that happened to us, he would do everything to keep our memory alive.

“There has been so much we have all done since he was killed and we think about what he could have done.”

Mr Odulaja, who spoke to the Tribune as he was on his way to visit Shaquan’s grave, said he tried to visit it as often as possible to clean the area and lay flowers.

Ms Plummer could not join them because she was giving a talk at a pupil referral unit (PRU) in Harrow.

Mr Odulaja, 23, said: “Even on the day Shaquan died she is not stopping the work she does in his memory, honouring him. I think what she does is wonderful, speaking to youths, 15 and 16-year-olds, who are vulnerable and can start getting caught up in gangs and worse at this age.”

The fundraiser on Saturday, February 1, will be held in the hall next to St Mellitus Church, in Tollington Park, from 2pm to 7pm. It will include basketball, music and a raffle among other activities.

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