Tribute to a perfect son
PUBLISHED: 17:18 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 23 August 2010
HUNDREDS of mourners flocked to a memorial service for loving teenager Jimmy Mizen last Saturday - a week after he died. Mourners stood in the rain as over 500 people, including family and school friends, filled his family church, Our Lady of Lourdes,
HUNDREDS of mourners flocked to a memorial service for 'loving' teenager Jimmy Mizen last Saturday - a week after he died.
Mourners stood in the rain as over 500 people, including family and school friends, filled his family church, Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee where he had been an altar boy.
The service took place just yards from the Three Cooks bakery in Lee where he bled to death on May 10, the day after his 16th birthday.
Mark Richards, of St Patrick's Gardens, Gravesend, has worked at the Mizen family's shoe repair shop in Sidcup High Street for nearly six years where Jimmy worked on Saturdays.
The 36-year-old said: "To me it looked like there were thousands at the service. It was a beautiful service and Danny, Jimmy's eldest brother, gave a very touching speech. It brought a lot of people together. I was very proud and honoured to be welcomed there. They are a remarkable family, every single one of them.
"He was a wonderful boy. It would be nice to see more Jimmy's about. It would make the world a safer place and that's for sure. He showed true kindness. It was a pleasure to work with him, it really was."
Before the service, parents Barry and Margaret stood with their eight surviving children and said the rugby-loving teenager was 'every mother's perfect son.'
A tannoy system relayed the service to the people stood outside in the courtyard and the street.
Mr Richards added: "For this to happen to such a beautiful family is just tragic. It's so hard to find the words - I mean, so many have been used, but there is so much more you can say about him. I mean that picture up there of Jimmy donating to the Times Toy Appeal, on the shop window, just goes to show just a little bit about Jimmy. That was his idea, he went and got those toys for the appeal. Not many 16-year-olds would do that - they would be too busy with their Playstations or Gameboys or whatever. He had time for people. It's a great loss.
"Margaret and Barry sat their children down and taught them the right ways and the right values. It's everything that's missing from today's society. We can all learn from them. I definitely have."
Jake Fahri, 19, of Milborough Crescent, Lee, appeared at Sutton Magistrates' Court charged with Jimmy's murder last Wednesday.
He was remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on August 21.