Youths' Knife and Gun culture in the UK

I watched in horror last night as the mother of the latest victim of youthful violent deaths cried her eyes out on SKY news. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us16 years old Kodjo Yenga was walking home with his female friend and Bull terrier dog after an evening out when he was attacked by no less than 10 youths with the youngest amongst them a 12 years old boy, he died as a result of a fatal knife wound to the heart. Paramedics arrived at the scene but was pronounced dead an hour later at the Charing Cross Hospital in London city. His maternal Uncle who read out a family statement as they all paid visit to the site where he slumped could not control his emotions, he therefore asked that the government crank up its motion in bringing to a good close these unnecessary violent deaths that has rocked our London city in the last 2 months.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usMicheal Dosunmu, a 15 years old Nigerian youth resident in the UK with his parents was murdered at his own residence on Diamond street, Peckham, London in the early hours of a dark Tuesday morning by unknown gun men, witnesses said these gun men are youths who were seen running as they made a get away, he was shot at point blank range. Michael as described by neighbors was a lovely young boy with good behavioral attitudes and attended church regularly, his elder Sister named Shakira Dosunmu held on to him as he battled with death. He was pronounced death few minutes later paramedics arrived on the scene; the assailants are yet to be caught.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usBilly Cox, 15 arrived from school as usual and reports said as he took an evening nap, he was shot dead at his home in North Clapham, London by unknown gun men, he was later discovered by his 12 year old Sister as she returned from school, Police officers at the scene said there was no forced entry as the back door was opened. Billy Cox was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics as they tried saving his life. His lifeless body in a body bag was seen all over Britain being carried into a black hearse, a picture that would remain with many of us for a long time. Billy was described by friends and neighbours as a good boy who loved football and music.

Just a week earlier before Billy Cox death, a 16 year old boy named James Andre Smartt-Ford was shot death at the popular Streatham Ice Arena in full glare of other ice skaters; pandemonium broke out as everyone made for the door, James' body laid lifeless on the ice rink as his killers mingled with the crowd and escaped unto Streatham High street. Many of the youths present spoke of Image Hosted by ImageShack.usthe horror. Also a yet to be identified  15 year old boy bled to death last night after being stabbed by two youths who were seen running away from the crime scene on Boundary Road, Plaistow, East London, he later at the hospital, as I write this article, SKY news is presently showing it as breaking news!! He was later identified as Adam Regis.

What is really happening in London ? I am not a crime detective neither am I lawyer but I can see a particular trend in all these gruesome murders, firstly, the age bracket of the victims is14-16, so who would want such lads dead? Secondly, witnesses always report about sighting youths' running away from the crime scene all the time just as it was reported when Adam Regis was stabbed. Billy Cox and James Andre Smartt-Ford were gunned down on a weekday evening, were they followed from school? Was there a gang fight at school that triggered the deaths? All these and many more are questions that need answers.

The government needs to tackle this very volatile issue of street gangs, we see many of them daily in hooded tops with base ball bats and skate boards, they cause trouble on public buses, they inscribe graffiti on our public buses and train stations, they mug commuters and cause grievous bodily harms, they gang rape young girls, they ride motor-bikes at top speed on residential streets, they upload crime videos on the internet glorifying street crimes, they smoke cannabis et al. it's a big shame that these dangerous youths are not caught and slammed behind bar for life and I mean life imprisonment. Do we then blame the parents?

Parents need to be highly responsible and up to the task in the daily upbringing of the children, we need to closely monitor their daily activities and the kids that are presently causing problems on the streets, we can only pray that God will touch their hearts and change them for the better.

Wale Akin lives in Kent, UK