In memory of Fight for Peace member Karim Samms 

11/04/2017 – Fight for Peace is in a state of profound shock and sadness following the death of Karim Samms, a long time and much loved and respected member of the London Academy. Karim was shot and killed on the evening of Friday 7th April in North Woolwich, east London, a short distance from Fight for Peace.

To his many friends and loved ones, Karim will be remembered as a bubbly character, a mentor and a brother. He was someone who was constantly there for his friends, family and fellow Fight for Peace young people and would always put others before himself. He loved to have a laugh and a joke and his presence would light up a room whenever he walked in. Increasingly, as he got older and more senior at the Academy, he took on the role of an informal mentor to younger members. His approach was to protect and guide others, to look out for his friends and seek to resolve problems. He was funny and vivacious and unafraid of being himself, something which gave those around him reason to make positive changes in their lives.

Karim joined Fight for Peace in 2010, and over the following seven years participated in a number of programmes offered at the London Academy. He was a regular attendee in Fight for Peace’s boxing sessions and participated in Fighting Fit strength and conditioning fitness classes. He also worked closely with Fight for Peace’s Support Services team, attending mentoring sessions after school with youth workers and seeking to resolve issues in his life.  Above all, he was a regular presence in and around the Academy, entertaining, joking and making people laugh with his confidence and unique brand of humour.

In 2016, Karim completed the Pathways education programme at Fight for Peace, gaining GCSE level qualifications. In the last six months of his life, he began working in Putney, south-west London, where he found a full time job in a restaurant. He was determined to fulfil his plans to become a chef and set up his own restaurant. He had a bright future ahead of him which has been tragically cut short.

Karim always found a reason to laugh, even in the most serious times and he held a special place in many people’s hearts. His loss leaves a big hole at Fight for Peace and his fun loving character will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him.

Family and friends, together with the local community in North Woolwich, are raising money for costs associated with Karim’s funeral. To make a contribution, please click on the following link: www.gofundme.com/karims-funeral.