Teenage peace campaigner dies in cycle accident
PUBLISHED: 18:46 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010
A TEENAGE peace activist from East London was killed on her way to a protest in Brighton. Marie Vesco, who was just days away from celebrating her 20th birthday, died in a road accident on the busy A23 London-to-Brighton road when she was hit by two cars while cycling
By Victoria Huntley
A TEENAGE peace activist from East London was killed on her way to a protest in Brighton.
Marie Vesco, who was just days away from celebrating her 20th birthday, died in a road accident on the busy A23 London-to-Brighton road when she was hit by two cars while cycling on June 4.
Marie, who came to London from France last year to study at London Metropolitan University, was a committed anti-war activist and regularly campaigned with Food Not Bombs' Whitechapel Group at the RampART social centre in Whitechapel.
She was cycling with 11 other demonstrators on their way to the Carnival Against the Arms Trade in the Sussex resort when her bike was in collision with a car.
Police believe she fell into the path of another vehicle.
A friend of Marie said: "She was a very warm and generous person who was always laughing and always made people laugh.
"She had just moved in with her boyfriend and had plans to open a social centre.
"Marie was very 'giving' and always lent a helping hand. Things will never be the same without her."
Anti-war campaigners observed a minute's silence in Brighton when they heard of her death.
A message posted on the Indymedia website said: "Marie felt very strongly about injustice in the world.
"There is enough food to feed everyone and yet people go hungry. Along with a group of friends she would collect edible food that was being thrown away by markets and retailers and prepare vegan meals and give them away to passers by.
"Marie loved cats and cycling and had a great strength to not only stand up for herself but also to consider other people's viewpoints and to concede when appropriate.
"Marie was wise for her age and had the ability to show deep empathy."
Marie was said to be looking forward to returning to France next week to celebrate her 20th birthday with friends and family.
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