Crowdfunding campaign set up to pay for Jordan Bari's funeral
PUBLISHED: 16:18 28 October 2016
The mum of a talented martial artist who was shot dead has thanked the community, including those who donated money towards his funeral, for their support.
Jordan Bari was at a friend’s house in Bethnal Green on October 3 when he was killed while answering the front door.
Friends and neighbours of the 20-year-old’s mum, Lisa Bari, have since set up a fundraising page to help her pay for the funeral costs. It has so far raised more than £2,000.
“They have been so supportive,” she said. “I’ve had lots of cards and flowers. I just want to thank everybody, I really, really appreciate it.
“It’s hard for me, I don’t work and I’m bringing up my other children.
“I just really appreciate all the help and support I’ve been given.”
Lisa, who lives in East Village with her daughter Layla, 17, son Rio, 11, and great-niece Maisha, four, cannot set a date for Jordan’s funeral as his body has not yet been released to her.
“I’m still in shock,” she said.
“There are some days I can’t do anything, and other days I’m ok.”
Jordan had recently finished a Level 3 BTEC course in sport at Barking and Dagenham College and was working six days a week at the Captain’s Table, a fish and chip shop in Poplar.
“I’ve had lots of people message me on Facebook who knew him from there,” Lisa, a volunteer with the East Village playgroup and residents’ association, said.
“I’ve so many messages I can’t believe it. A lot of people knew him.”
The former Brampton Manor Academy and Newham College student was also a keen martial artist who had trained for many years at the London Black Belt Academy at Newham Leisure Centre
“He’d given up karate for a little while, but he was looking to go back,” Lisa said.
“He was a second dan black belt. He loved it, he loved all kinds of martial arts.”
Abdallah Salaheedin, 28, of Spring Gardens, Highbury, and Bobby Lawrence, 21, of Canonbury Street, Canonbury, have been charged with murder and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
They are set to enter a plea at the Old Bailey on January 10.
To donate towards Jordan’s funeral costs, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/EV20