ABOVE: Jermain Defoe pays tribute to Jimmy Mizen as he
admits he saw his brother die
Jermain Defoe told yesterday how he saw
his brother die, and paid tribute to murdered teen
The England star opened his heart about his family tragedy as he
backed an anti-violence campaign.
GMTV’s Ben Shephard, 35, joined Jermain and the 16-year-old knife
victim’s parents to launch the “Reclaim Our Children” push on the second
anniversary of Jimmy’s death.
Jermain, 27, told how brother Jade’s skull was smashed in a brawl and
said: “The manager called me over and said: ‘Your mum is in the car
“She said: ‘Your brother has got two hours to live. You have to
go to the hospital.’
“I was at his bedside and he passed away two or three hours
later. “It was incredibly hard for the whole family.”
Jermain backed the campaign featuring 10 dramas for schools about
The Spurs striker, who appears in one, said: “I just want to stop
the violence. The kids seem to be getting younger, with 13 and
14-year-olds carrying guns”
Jimmy’s mother Margaret, 57, and father Barry, 58, whose son was
killed in south London, called for political leaders to combat the
Prince Charles, 61, and
Kate McCann '42, mother of missing
Madeleine, later attended a “service of peace” at Westminster Cathedral.