Father of stabbed boy runs to stop the killing
The dad of murdered teenager Eugene Attram is running the London Marathon on Sunday to call for an end to the killing.
Isaac Attram, 46, said he was taking part in the run to raise awareness of his son's death and to call on young people involved in violence to stop.
Eugene, 17, a talented schoolboy from Thornton Heath, was knifed to death during a savage street brawl between 30 youths in Mitcham on November 4 last year.
Mr Attram said Eugene should not have died.
"Since Eugene died in November, so many boys have died," Mr Attram said.
"It's a very, very horrible experience.
"He was looking forward to life with zeal.
"He was a very good footballer.
"Character-wise, he was very laid back and respectful.
"This shouldn't have happened."
He said the family was still looking for answers, with police yet to solve the killing.
"I would appeal to the public with any information, if anybody has heard anything to contact them," Mr Attram said.
"I'm sure talk has gone around Croydon about who killed Eugene.
"Somebody must know."
Mr Attram had signed up last year to do the marathon for Quit Smoking but after his son's death, the charity agreed he should run for Stop the Killing as well.
"It's my first marathon but I have the Great North Run in 2005," Mr Attram, a church pastor and council worker, said.
Anyone interested in supporting Mr Attram can donate at www.justgiving.com/isaacattram The London Marathon starts from Greenwich about 9am Sunday before weaving its way along the river to the finish line in St James' Park.