Hackney council has apologised to the family of murdered teenager Godwin Lawson after a cleaning crew removed a memorial to him on Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill.
17 year old Godwin was stabbed during the early hours of Saturday March 27, and was pronounced dead at the scene. A promising student and footballer at Oxford United Academy, Godwin was walking along Amhurst Park when he was attacked by a group of about 4 men. Two friends he was with, sustained non life threatening injuries.
The memorial set up by friends and well wishers was removed last Saturday. His mother Yvonne, a teacher from Enfield, told BBC London News “They didn’t have any empathy… His jacket was there. You can’t replace that, and his football boots. We were going to put all that in his coffin, because it meant so much to him.”
A spokesperson for Hackney council said: “The Council has apologised unreservedly to the family of Godwin Lawson through the police family liaison officer for the mistake which led to the removal of personal memorial items.
Staff had been informed not to remove anything apart from dead flowers from this site and we are currently reviewing our policy to ensure this painful error cannot happen again.”
Moise Avorgah – 19, of St Ann’s Road N15 has been charged with Godwins murder and attempted murder of brothers, Julian and Daniel Escobar.