The day I’ll never forget’

PUBLISHED: 16:27 25 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 24 August 2010

The day I ll never forget THE brother of a loving father who was gunned down in front of his two sons has broken his silence to urge the community to attend the peace march. Yannik Greene s life was shattered forever when a gunman pulled the trigger o

'The day I'll never forget'

THE brother of a loving father who was gunned down in front of his two sons has broken his silence to urge the community to attend the peace march.

Yannik Greene's life was shattered forever when a gunman pulled the trigger on 29-year-old Jason on July 18, 2006.

Jason had just collected his four and eight-year-old sons from their mother's home in Bowater Road, Wembley, to take them to school when he was ambushed by an armed gang and shot dead at 8.20am.

Since his death, his 26-year-old sibling has endured an emotional rollercoaster of anger, grief, pity and even forgiveness but ultimately he has channelled his feelings into having a positive outlook to life.

He said: "I would urge people to come to the march and show their support because people need to understand and feel the reality of what is going on.

"It's one thing knowing something but not many people can understand.

"I would encourage anybody to be strong and move on and in a positive direction because that's what makes positive changes."

Recalling the eventful day, Mr Greene said he received a phone call from his cousin that changed his life forever.

He said: "My cousin called me and said that your brother's been shot. This has happened before, so I was upset about that but I thought he was ok because the last time he was ok."

However, Mr Greene realised things would never be the same when he received a second call minutes later.

He said: "My cousin called back and started crying on the phone. He said 'he's dead'.

"When I heard those words I just lost myself."

While coming to terms with the death himself, Mr Greene had to pass the news on to his father.

A deed which was as painful as the hearing the tragic news.

He said: "I told him (his father) he (Jason) had gone, he said 'what do you mean he has gone', I said 'he's dead', he just said 'why, why, why', and slammed the phone down."

The reality of his brother's passing was set in stone when Mr Greene and his family went to see him in the morgue.

He said: "They pulled him out of a freezer. He was so cold.

"He was in a wooden bed that was wrapped in white sheets and just around his face was covered. He looked like he was sleeping.

"My mum was crying, that really pained me to see my mum cry.

"My whole family was crying.

"I went back to the morgue with just me and my dad. I held my brother's hand and kissed him on his forehead.

"All kind of thoughts were running through my head like he's not aware of anything because death is like a deep sleep.

"I knew I had to be strong. I had to be strong for my family, I had to be strong for my nephews and I had to be strong for myself.

"I had to be that example."

Mr Greene continued to be a pillar of strength for his family on the day that they said their final goodbyes to Jason.

He said: "I remember when his coffin was there in my mum's front room.

"They brought it to my mum's house and it was there the night before the funeral.

"I couldn't sleep I sat by the coffin and was thinking 'my brother's in this coffin'.

"I still couldn't believe it. I was expecting my brother to walk through the door.

"On the day of the funeral we went to the cemetery and his sons let go two doves while me and my cousin's buried my brother.

"He was gone forever."

In September 2007, 19-year-old Christopher Toussaint-Collins was convicted of murdering Jason Greene.

The father-of-one was sentenced to life with a minimum tariff of 25 years.

But, Toussaint-Collins was not acting alone and detectives from Operation Trident, the Met's specialist team that investigates gun crime in the black community, are still looking for his accomplices.

Mr Greene said: "For them to do that with children in the car that's when you know they have no respect for life or children.

"I have forgiven them. A lot of people won't understand why I don't hate them. I hate their action's, that what I hate. I hate their character. The world is full of those types of characters. It's poisoned by it.

"People need to stop and think about their actions.

"When they (the killers) pulled the trigger on my brother they pulled it on my family.

"If I wasn't focused on what I am trying to do or get to, I would have gone out there and hunted the perpetrators myself.

"But I know better and that's what makes me better than those types of people.

"A lot of people loved my brother. He wasn't just any brother he was very well respected. He was seen as a loving person. He would go that extra mile for his friends and his family he was a natural, charismatic person.

"The pain will never fully go away but the question is how people use that pain. Do they use it negatively or positive? That's the question. Everybody has a choice but depending on their choice is their outcome.

"My heart goes to all those who have lost their loved ones whether its father, mother, sister, brother, child, and family member my heart goes out to them.

"I encourage them to continue in a positive direction because life is not over and they still have the chance to make a difference for the next generation.

"It's up to us.

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