Brave mums break down in tears as they relive calls after their sons were stabbed to death in heartbreaking new videos

FIVE brave mums whose sons were stabbed to death have shared their stories in a heartbreaking new video.

They break down in tears as they relive the hardest phone calls they had to make in a bid to prevent other families going through the same pain.

The mothers shared their emotional stories as part of a campaign aimed at getting women whose close relatives may be on the fringes of knife crime to report vital information.

In one heart-wrenching clip, Lorraine Jones, whose son Dwayne Simpson was stabbed to death at the age of 20 as he tried to save a friend's life in Brixton, south London, in 2014, said: "I'd just come back from a busy day when the door rang.

"It was one of Dwayne's friends. He said, 'Dwayne's been stabbed, come quick!' It was like I was in another world. I felt lost.

"I had to call my mum. It was the hardest call – I was out of breath and my stomach was tight.

"Even when I was making a call my hands were shaking. I tried it three times, I was just so helpless and weak.

"His hand was just hanging so lifeless. When I saw that I knew he wasn't going to be here.

"I had 20 wonderful years with him, and really good memories. But I didn't realise the impact he had until he passed away."

Becky Beston, whose son Archie was 19 when he was stabbed to death while on a night out with friends in Kingston in February 2020, broke down in tears as she told how she had to call a stranger about getting him embalmed.

"You should never have to use those words with your son's name. Ever," she said.

"If somebody would have made that phone call, my Arch would be here now."

The Metropolitan Police's Hard Calls Save Lives campaign is targeted at people in areas affected by violent crime.

It is particularly aimed at inspiring women – mothers, sisters, aunts – whose children, siblings, nephews or nieces may be on the fringes of knife crime to to report who carries a knife or where a weapon is hidden.

My family is broken into pieces, just missing him. We didn't even get a chance to say goodbye.

A tearful Lillian Serunkuma, whose 15-year-old son Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes was knifed to death outside his school gates in Willesden, north west London, in 2017, recalled phoning her aunt to let her know he had been stabbed.

"She just screamed. That was the hardest thing about that day," she said.

"It can be hard to make the call to say someone is involved in knife crime, especially if it's someone you know or love. But it's so much harder if you don't.

"It's almost as bad to lose a child or a friend to prison as it is to lose them if they're killed. Either way, they're going to suffer as a result of knife crime."

Yvonne Lawson, whose 17-year-old son Godwin was stabbed to death in 2010, can be heard sobbing as she describes ringing her sister after she was told he had died.

She said: "I just kept repeating 'died, died, died'. Godwin was stolen away from us in such a terrible way.

"My family is broken into pieces, just missing him. We didn't even get a chance to say goodbye, and he's never going to be there, he's never going to be part of us anymore.

"The least we can do is use his memory to change lives."

And Jean Foster, whose son Christopher Foster, 34, was fatally stabbed outside a London pub, said she was in such disbelief when hearing the news she phoned her son 10 times.

She said: "They told me Christopher had been murdered.

"We called nine or 10 times. Slowly, we came to the realisation that he was never going to call back.

"People may think that keeping quiet keeps you out of their focus, but it empowers them. No one is safe if we keep quiet."

Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she hopes the mothers' "tragic accounts" will encourage people to call the Crimestoppers charity, anonymously.

She said: "We understand this is a difficult thing to ask – but you don't have to name names and even a small piece of information could be vital.

"Making that one call could literally save the life of someone's son or daughter."

Dame Cressida praised the "strength and courage" of the mothers "who have relived the traumatic calls they had to make in hope that it will prevent other families suffering as they have".

Mick Duthie, director of operations at Crimestoppers, said: "Hearing the mums speak in such an honest, frank and heartfelt way about losing a son to knife crime is incredibly humbling.

"I truly admire their courage and determination to warn others in their own words about the danger of not speaking up."

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at

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