Canning Town murder: Promise Nkenda is the fourth member of North Woolwich boxing club to be killed in the last year
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A youth boxing club that aims to stop teenagers turning to crime has paid tribute to “cherished member” who was stabbed to death in Canning Town last night.
Promise Nkenda, 17, was attacked in Goldwong Close, just after 8pm.
He died at the scene and is the fourth Fight for Peace attendee to die through knife or gun crime in the last twelve months.
“He was ever present at the Fight for Peace Academy, and his warmth and unique character will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him,” said a club statement.
Karim Samms, a 17-year-old murdered in North Woolwich in April, was also a club member.
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Promise, believed to be from North Woolwich, had done residential leadership courses, work experience and mentoring - all organised by the club.
“Promise was a big character at Fight for Peace and his presence will be sorely missed by all of those whose lives he touched,” said Jacob Whittingham, head of programmes at Fight for Peace London.
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“The levels of knife and gun crime in London at present are completely intolerable, with young people in disadvantaged communities being disproportionately affected.”
He also called for a ”holistic, integrated violence prevention and intervention response” to youth violence.
Luke Dowdney, who founded Fight for Peace, which also has bases in Brazil and Jamaica, said: “Fight for Peace has been working for two decades in some of the world’s toughest communities, including in Rio de Janeiro, Kingston and Cape Town, and the current levels of violence in London are particularly troubling.
“Promise’s death underlines the desperate need to invest in a coordinated response to youth violence in London.”