Capital City Academy's theatre renamed QSB with commemorative plaque to popular murdered schoolboy
PUBLISHED: 11:27 08 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:26 08 November 2018
A Willesden secondary school has renamed its theatre in a tribute to a gifted pupil who was murdered in January last year.
Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes was a pupil at Capital City Academy, in Doyle Gardens, who was fatally stabbed outside its gates on January 23, 2017.
The 15-year-old, whose hero was Bob Marley, was a natural performer and loved to sing.
A plaque dedicating the new QSB Theatre to the youngster was unveiled on Monday.
Principal Marianne Jeanes said: “We are very pleased to be renaming our theatre in honour of Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes.
“This was a suggestion made by some of Quamari’s friends and relatives due to the huge part that the performing arts played in Quamari’s life.”
She added: “Quamari participated in many school productions, concerts and dance performances.
“Naming the QSB Theatre is a fitting tribute to his abilities and dedication to the arts.
“The new graphic represents many aspects of the arts that our students, including Quamari, enjoy – and the new star curtain will add a sparkle to future performances.”
Popular and hard-working, Quamari aimed to get top marks in his GCSEs before he was stabbed outside the gates of his school.
His 15-year-old killer is serving life with a minimum of 12 years.
Thousands turned out for his funeral, filling the Sacred Heart Church, in Quex Road.
A memorial festival in his name, organised by his parents, drew a huge crowd in July.
Lilian Serunkuma, Quamari’s mother, said: “I’m really glad the school is recognising Quamari in such an appropriate way, which is through what he loved the most – theatre, drama, all the arts.
“It also all goes in part of the support that the school has offered us.
“It’s very fitting and it shows how they did understand Quamari – by picking the most appropriate way to remember him.”