Family and friends of Godwin Lawson, will march on Sunday 25 April, to remember him, build up awareness to the recent spate of stabbings amongst young people in the capital and to convince young people to leave “knives in the kitchen”.
Lawson 17, died in the early hours of Saturday, March 27 after he was stabbed in the chest on Amhurst Park in Stamford Hill along with two other friends who are recovering. Moise Avorgah 19, of St Ann’s Road N15 was also charged with Lawsons murder and the attempted murder of two of Godwins friends, Julian and Daniel Escobar
His mother Yvonne Lawson, a school teacher who lives in Enfield has recently revealed that she is only realising what a hero her son was:
“It’s pain and sadness I’m feeling, I am trying not to me angry. Hearing about all the good things he did, being such a warm person, and patient, that is really keeping me going. Every single person who has paid tribute says “he really made me laugh”. All his friends came and talked about him and I realised he was really a hero out there. And when they said the same thing at the football club, that he was a role model, I realised they weren’t just saying it to make me feel better”.
“They said he was always positive and looking out for his team-mates. I never knew he had such a big impact. It was inspiring”.
Lawson 17, died in the early hours of Saturday, March 27 after he was stabbed in the chest on Amhurst Park in Stamford Hill along with two other friends who are recovering.
A bright student, he was a member of Oxford United Football and Education Academy. Godwin had passed with “flying colours” and had “both academic and sporting worlds open to him when he died”, his mother said.
“They said he was always positive and looking out for his team-mates. I never knew he had such a big impact. It was inspiring” Yvonne Lawson continued.
Godwin was praised as “popular and conscientious” by staff at Oxford United, while his head teacher John-Paul Morrison said he was “well-liked and popular” and had a “strong character and spiritual insight.”
Mrs Lawson said: “He ended up getting a choice of two scholarships, one with a London team, but decided to go to Oxford as an opportunity to get away from London. He was away from the all the distractions and he was really getting on fine.”
The march begins at Tottenham Leisure Centre in Philip Lane, Tottenham at 10 am and ends in Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill were Godwin was killed.