Malcolm Mide-Madariola’s family set up charity to help young people turn away from violence

Katherine Johnston (13 June, 2019) Crime Community

'We all must do something to stop the madness and this is just our quota'

26373Victim: Malcolm Mide-Madariola

The father of a teenager stabbed to death outside a tube station in Clapham has launched a new charity to help tackle youth violence.

Olumide Wole-Madariola said he hoped the new Malcolm Mide-Madariola World Foundation, set up by Malcolm’s family, would help educate young people about the dangers of knife crime and violence, and support them to build a positive future.

The charity was launched on Saturday, June 8, at Phoenix Community Centre in Upper Norwood.

Malcolm died outside Clapham South tube station in November last year after defending a friend during an argument. He would have turned eighteen on May 1.

His father, Olumide, said: “Far too many families have had to suffer the life changing and deeply painful consequences of these violent and tragic attacks.

“We want to use our experience as a family to help provide more education to young people on the real impact of their actions to try and ensure that other families don’t have to suffer as we have.

“We want to help provide young people with more opportunities to help build a safer and more promising future for themselves, away from violence.”

“We all must do something to stop the madness and this is just our quota.”

Malcolm’s murderer, a seventeen-year-old boy, was found guilty at the Old Bailey and will be sentenced on July 5.

During the trial, the court heard Malcolm was stabbed three times, including directly in the heart, after the dispute between two groups.

Malcolm, a former Harris Academy student in Peckham who had been attending college, was standing up for another boy he had only known for six weeks when he was attacked with a hunting knife.

At the time of his death, the executive principal of his former school paid tribute to Malcolm, describing him as an ‘excellent role model’ with a ‘dedicated work ethic’ who ‘balanced a calm, mature manner with a wonderful sense of humour and an infectious smile’.

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