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Image description, Claudyo Lafayette was stabbed to death in July 2023

  • Author, Jess Warren
  • Role, BBC News

The mother of a 17-year-old boy who was stabbed to death at a birthday party in north-west London has said she wants “justice for my son”.

Claudyo Lafayette died on July 14, 2023 following a street brawl on Granville Road in Kilburn.

“I didn’t just lose him that day, I lose him every day,” said his mother Yzakia Jauad.

As part of an appeal to solve his killing, the Crimestoppers organisation has offered a reward of £20,000.

Image description, Det Ch Insp Wayne Jolley said more than 100 people were at the party on the night of Claudy’s murder

Det Ch Insp Wayne Jolley said there was an “altercation” in the Granville Centre on the night of Claudy’s murder which “spilled over” into the street.

The 17-year-old was then stabbed in the stomach and died of his injuries at the scene, said DCI Jolley.

“There were over 100 people at the party and I believe someone out there knows exactly what happened and hasn’t come forward yet,” he said.

“No matter how insignificant you think this information is, it could be the crucial and important part that leads us to bring charges against those responsible.”

“We are also afraid”

Speaking about her son’s death a year later, Ms Jaaud said: “I know everyone is scared, but you know what? We are scared too.”

“That night, Claudyo was not the only one injured.

“I’m doing this to get justice for everything that happened that night.”

Image description, Yzakia Jauad called on all witnesses to the stabbing to come forward.

She said: “Other children were injured that evening and, for one reason or another, all of them are blind.”

She added: “I didn’t just lose him that day, I lose him every day because every day I have to wake up and pull myself together to be normal in society. And everyone else lives their life, but we have to start over every day.”

Deacon Wayne O’Reilly, who knew Claudyo, described the teenager as someone with “a smile that could light up any room.”

“Claudyo wasn’t perfect, but he was a typical little boy,” he said.

“Although he got into trouble and difficulties, he had a real sense of injustice.

“He always stood up for the little ones.”

“Branded as an informant”

Alexa Loukas of Crimestoppers said: “We know young people don’t want to talk to the police because they’re afraid of being branded as informers, but you can safely tell Crimestoppers.”

“We are not the police. We cannot determine your identity and will never ask you for your personal information, but we can pass on our knowledge to you.

“Claudyo had his whole life ahead of him and fought against injustice – now he deserves for someone to come forward and do the right thing for him.”

A reward of £20,000 has been offered for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the murder. The reward can be paid out until October 10th.

The aid organization can be reached anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.

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