Traders rocked by teen killing
PUBLISHED: 18:19 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 23 August 2010
TRADERS have paid tribute to the decent young man they knew as a Saturday worker who was killed celebrating his birthday. Jimmy Mizen, 16, died after he suffered a cut neck during an attack at Three Cooks Bakery in Burnt Ash Hill, Lee Green. Mark Rich
TRADERS have paid tribute to the "decent young man" they knew as a Saturday worker who was killed celebrating his birthday.
Jimmy Mizen, 16, died after he suffered a cut neck during an attack at Three Cooks Bakery in Burnt Ash Hill, Lee Green.
Mark Richards, 36, St Patricks Gardens, Gravesend, was working with Jimmy's dad, Barry, in his shoe repair shop in Sidcup High Street when he took a fateful call revealing his son had been injured, last Saturday.
The tragedy has rocked the community, with residents, traders and shoppers leaving flowers and words of comfort at the family business.
Mr Richards said: "I have two daughters and three boys and they're good kids. But to have an ounce of the decency that Jimmy had would make me a proud man.
"He was never too shy to give his old man a cuddle and a kiss, they had a very strong bond. I've witnessed it with them all. The family is remarkable, you just don't see it very often.
"Barry is one of my best mates and I had to witness the hurt and pain.
"I now live in fear because you can see that this can happen to anyone."
The Mizen family, parents Margaret and Barry and their surviving eight children, pulled together after the news of the 16-year-old's death, showing dignity in the face of sorrow.
On Tuesday, Jimmy's eldest brother Danny, 30, opened up the family business just three days after the tragedy.
Other traders along Sidcup High Street were equally appalled by Jimmy Mizen's untimely death.
Kaz Ural, proprietor of Francesca's cafe, said: "He used to come in here sometimes to get his sandwiches.
"He was a really, really good boy. He wasn't the type to hang around street corners. He was a well behaved boy who clearly had morals."
Barbra Damiral, manager of Templeton jewellers, said: "There are no words really. He was a lovely boy, always smiling and happy. He was full of bounce. It made you happy to go there.
"It is so senseless, it's such a waste. I just can't make sense of it."
Last December, Jimmy Mizen donated gifts to the Kentish Times Toy Appeal for children at Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford and Queen Mary's, Sidcup.
l A 19-year-old man was arrested in London on Tuesday by police investigating the incident.