Agnes Sina-Inakoju, 16, of St Brelades Court, De Beauvoir Estate, was shot dead as she sat in Hoxton Chicken and Pizza with friends on Wednesday 14 April at 7.15pm.
Following her tragic death, Hackney-based youth organisation, The Crib, has set up a memorial fund to help her family, and is now appealing for donations.
As a ‘youth rep’ at the Crib, Agnes was “always getting involved and always helping out with organising the club’s activities. Before her untimely death, Agnes was helping to organise a Consequences Programme, looking at cause and effect with gun and knife crime,” said Janette Collins, manager of The Crib.
Established in 1999, the Crib has worked tirelessly to improve the lot of Hackney’s young people, with initiatives such as helping young people to set up social enterprises in fashion, design and catering; and mentoring young people to increase their aspirations.
However, for many the Crib is simply a place to go for many of the borough’s young people, and as such it has had considerable success in bringing together young people from different Hackney postcodes.
The Crib is actively involved with Hackney Council for Voluntary Service (HCVS), the borough’s leading voluntary and community sector support agency. It is one of four organisations which are part of HCVS’s Inspiring Young Hackney programme, funded through Big Lottery Fund. The programme is designed to improve employment and training opportunities for local young people.
HCVS are supporting The Crib with administering this fund. With the full support of Agnes’s family, the Crib is hoping, through the Memorial Fund, to set up counselling facilities for bereaved families and young people with first hand experiences of homicide. Together with Point Blank, the Crib is also setting up a website in memory of Agnes.
If you would like to make a donation and contribute to the Agnes Memorial fund, please send your donations to:
Agnes Memorial Fund
c/o HCVS 84 Springfield House
5 Tyssen street
Please make any cheques payable to ‘The Crib’.
For more information please call Katy Palmer at HCVS on 020 7923 1962.