Jahiem Legister-Hall: Inspirational Brent teen who spoke about youth violence in Parliament dies in crash
PUBLISHED: 17:09 17 September 2019 | UPDATED: 09:40 18 September 2019
A “thoughtful, intelligent” teenager who spoke about youth violence in Parliament and led workshops in primary schools has died in a crash.
Jahiem Legister-Hall, 17, was knocked off his moped in a collision with a car at the junction of Thurlow Gardens and Wembley High Road at 7.25pm on September 1.
He died later that night in hospital. The driver of the Volkswagen Golf, a woman in her 20s, stopped at the scene. No arrests have been made and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Jahiem, of Cricklewood, worked for the 4Front Project, a charity that helps empower youngsters to change their lives through community programmes.
He was one of five children, and his traumatised family are still coming to terms with their loss. Jahiem's older sister Imani Robinson told the Times: "We are all distraught.
"He was an old soul. He was very grown and mature for his age and he always put everyone else first. I couldn't have asked for a better brother. He was an amazing person all round."
The 4Front team are "heartbroken", and have set up a £12,000 fundraiser to cover the costs of his funeral.
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"Jahiem was a lovely young man," said Temi Mwale, 4Front's managing director. "He had charisma and energy. He was absolutely hilarious and a joy to be around."
Jahiem is credited with helping shape the charity's work over the last three years.
Temi continued: "We first met him in weekly sessions for young people. The work we have been doing evolved a lot and he was instrumental in changing our services and what's on offer for young people affected by violence.
"He was a very positive person. He delivered workshops for primary school kids on decision making and peer pressure. He was a natural."
Last year, for the charity's 4Mation campaign urging decision makers to act on youth violence, Jahiem spoke in front of his peers in Parliament.
Temi said: "It was a really important moment for him and a lot of young people. There was a sense of: 'Why are we going to Parliament? We don't belong there'. It broke through the mould for young people who feel marginalised to feel part of it. He was so proud of himself. Jahiem really wanted to make a difference."
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