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'Justice for Luther Edwards' peace march a year on from York Hall murder

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 15 August 2017

Luther Edwards, murdered outside York Hall on July 29, 2016, aged 32. Picture: Mike Brooke

Luther Edwards, murdered outside York Hall on July 29, 2016, aged 32. Picture: Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke

A peace march and rally is being staged to mark a year since the murder of father-of-two Luther Edwards on the steps of east London's York Hall whose killers are still at large.

York Hall in Bethnal Green. Picture: Mike BrookeYork Hall in Bethnal Green. Picture: Mike Brooke

The rally is being staged in memory of the 31-year-old who was stabbed as spectators were leaving a Friday night boxing event in the Bethnal Green venue on July 29 last year.

No-one has ever been charged with his murder, despite detectives over the subsequent months questioning nine suspects, mostly in their 20s.

Police had hit a “wall of silence” in their appeal for witnesses or anyone with information.

Sunday’s “march for peace” is part of a campaign aimed at ending knife crime across London.

Luther with baby daughter Nylah who was 11 months when she lost her dad. Picture: Edwards FamilyLuther with baby daughter Nylah who was 11 months when she lost her dad. Picture: Edwards Family

“This violence needs to stop,” Luther’s cousin Angeleen Hill tells Thursday’s East London Advertiser. “We as a community need to come together and make our voice heard. We are calling for help and support.”

The march begins at Clapham Common south side at 1pm, close to where Luther lived with his two daughters, the youngest just 11 months, and heads to Brixton to St Mathew’s Church Peace Garden, ending 5pm.

Scotland Yard confirmed to the Advertiser today that t

The family was told in June that the murder inquiry was closed. But Scotland Yard told the Advertiser today that the investigation was still continuing with none of the nine who have been questioned being discharged.

York Hall in Old Ford Road... murder scene in July, 2016, where Luther Edwards was stabbed, Picture: Mike BrookeYork Hall in Old Ford Road... murder scene in July, 2016, where Luther Edwards was stabbed, Picture: Mike Brooke

Det Chief Insp Laurence Smith said three months into the murder hunt: “Someone knows those responsible for denying Luther’s two children from ever seeing their father again.

“The answer is somewhere in the community. I understand people may have concerns about speaking to the police—but shielding and protecting those responsible is not the answer. They should do the right thing.”

Luther was attacked by a mob as he left York Hall who chased him across Cambridge Heath Road to the BP petrol station forecourt opposite, where he collapsed in a pool of blood.

He was rushed to the Royal London Hospital, but died an hour later from a stab wound to the heart.

Forensic officers examin steps of York Hall where Luther Edwards was stabbed on July 29, 2016. Picture: Mike BrookeForensic officers examin steps of York Hall where Luther Edwards was stabbed on July 29, 2016. Picture: Mike Brooke

York Hall remained closed that weekend and Old Ford Road cordoned off as forensic officers examined the crime scene.

Now the family are pressing for police action knowing Luther’s killers are at large.

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