Lecturer speaks at event celebrating the life of teenage gun victim

June 2016

A University lecturer delivered a hard-hitting speech at an event held in memory of a teenager shot dead in the city. 

Urban youth specialist Craig Pinkney spoke about the harsh realities of youth violence at a family fun day celebrating the life of Kenichi Phillips. 

Kenichi was fatally wounded as he sat in a car in Ladywood, Birmingham on March 17. 

The fun day was held by the Soho Youth Project in Winson Green and featured serious messages about the devastation caused by gun crime alongside fond recollections about 18-year-old Kenichi. 

UCB student Tesfa Robinson, who is studying the Community Safety: Working With Gangs programme, volunteered at the event, offering his skills as a semi-professional footballer to run a football tournament for young people.   

Shabana Mahmood, the MP for Ladywood, unveiled a plaque in memory of Kenichi. 

Nighat Parveen, senior youth worker at Soho Youth Project, said: “The event was simply to raise awareness and to create a platform for young people and the wider community to understand some of the issues surrounding gun and knife crime and to celebrate the life of Kenichi, a youth club member who died at the hands of a gun." 

Kenichi’s uncle Elijah Phillips said: “As a loving uncle, seeing the community come out for my nephew and supporting our family was great, just couldn't ask for more." 

(The picture shows: Craig Pinkney, Elijah Phillips, Nighat Parveen and Tesfa Robinson) 

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