#parent | #kids | Mother of 16-year-old who died after he was stabbed describes her anguish in powerful letter

Tyler Thompson died after he was stabbed in Leicester in 2015.

Since his death, his mother, Amy Morgan, has worked tirelessly to campaign for tougher sentences for those who commit crimes involving knives and to support affected families.

In an emotional open letter she has passed to LeicestershireLive, she describes her experiences – from the moment she discovered that 16-year-old Tyler had been killed to the pain she carries today.

She hopes her words will build support for the latest phase of her campaign – a foundation in her son’s name.

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She hopes the new organisation will help families deal with the traumatic aftermath of knife crime and work with community and statutory organisations which are addressing the issue.

Amy wrote: “How do you learn to cope knowing your child was in the wrong place at the wrong time?

“That the person that took your child’s life in a blink of an eye with a knife had only just been released from custody for carrying and using a knife as a weapon.

“Let out without any follow-up monitoring, no rehabilitation or supervision.

“That parent was me, and that child is my son.

“No matter how much anyone tells me the pain reduces or that time heals, I can honestly say it does not and the days have been managed by connecting and sharing with other parents going through the same pain.

Tyler Thompson was stabbed to death. He was 16 years old.

“The bottom of your world falls out when you get the call to say that you have to go to the hospital as quickly as you can as there has been an incident involving your son.

“You know in your heart its bad news. You cannot get there quick enough; you are making phone calls but know you do not make sense.

“Everything is surreal but what you know is that it is not going to be good news.

“To all parents out there, to all young people out there, the biggest hole left in your life is knowing that the people you have loved the most will never ever know just how much.

“From having to deal with funeral arrangements to looking after your other kids, life throws you on to a rollercoaster you just want to get off and sink under a blanket and hibernate.

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“But you cannot so you just fill your days to keep busy and that is how it has stayed.

“When I heard that Leicester superstar Mark Morrison was planning on doing something to get young people off the streets, for them to value their lives and dreams by opening up his city home as he discusses possible properties for a long term sustainable creative hub, a flicker of hope lit up inside me.

“This is a great way to get our young people off the streets to make the most of their potential and I will do everything I can to support Mark and his mission.

“I am so pleased he wants me involved.

“I will not let the memory of my son fade away nor the memories of all those other families that have had to deal with the senseless deaths of their children.

Mark Morrison has returned to Leicester to help combat youth crime.

“I am going to start a foundation that keeps alive my son’s time on this planet and through it with the thousands of well-wishers that have given me support.

“We will ensure that the foundation holds the hands of families that don’t know where to turn or what to do when the worst in life happens.

“No one should bear this indescribable emptiness on their own.

“If you care for humanity and life, if you care for your city and the future, then I want as many people to help me through the foundation to ensure we all become activists for our families.

“Our children deserve so much more than they currently are getting, and it is up to us to support those that are trying to support us.”

Mark Morrison has outlined his desire to set up a recording studio in the city centre, under the banner MackLife Studios.

The recording studio will act as a free creative hub for young people with nowhere to go and nothing to do, who may otherwise turn to a dark path.

The R&B singer and record label boss is due to meet with Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, tomorrow, (Monday, September 14) to discuss his plans having already received support Leicester boxing hero Rendall Munroe and the city’s Conservative Party, including former mayoral candidate Baroness Verma.




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