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Broad Street concert to honour rap artist Depzman

2014-09-20 21:28:13

Joshua Ribera was stabbed on September 21 last year outside TC’s nightclub in Selly Oak, where a memorial was taking place for Kyle Sheehan

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Teenager Josh Ribera murdered at fundraiser for friend Kyle Sheehan killed in knife attack one year earlier

Two Birmingham teenagers murdered on the same day a year apart will be honoured this weekend during a Peace Day event at the Rep Theatre.

Joshua Ribera, 18, was stabbed outside TC's nightclub in Selly Oak in the early hours of September 21 last year.

The rising Northfield music star, known by his stage name of Depzman, will be honoured at the event along with his friend Kyle Sheehan, who was stabbed exactly 12 months earlier.

Joshua's killer Armani Mitchell, 18, was sentenced to life earlier this year for stabbing him in a jealous rage at a memorial party for Kyle, who was himself killed during a row in a park in Jiggins Lane, Bartley Green.

Police have failed to find the person who stabbed the 16-year-old and his mum Hayley made a heartrending appeal in the Mail earlier this year for help.

Joshua's mum, Alison Cope, said she was focussing all her attention on this Sunday's Peace Day event which is part of a Knife Awareness Project (KAP), backed by Activating Creative Talent social enterprise.

Organisers are hoping to welcome 2,500 people through the doors of the Rep.

Alison said: "The day itself is going to be horrendous for me. It's the last of the big 'firsts' because we have managed to get though his birthday and Christmas without him. All of the artists performing on the night are doing it for free and we are hoping to sell as many tickets as possible to cover all of the costs.

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Joshua Ribera with mum Alison Cope

"Even if people don't want to come to the concert they can take part in the fun day, which is completely free. It is so important that we get the anti-violence message to young people and encourage communities to work together in order to stamp out knife crime."

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Josh Ribera - Depzman - with copies of his CD 2Real

Sunday's events kick off at 12pm. There will be a mixture of stalls during the day that will also include children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, live music and information that will ‘explore the concept of peace'.

The evening event runs from 4pm until 8pm. There will be performances from Lady Leshurr, Nimawa Jazz, Invasion, Daps on the Map, Malik (MD7) and local dance groups. The day event is free but tickets for the evening event are £10, from The Rep Box office on 0121 356 1944.

Joshua's mum is also trying to raise funds to support and help young people see a different way of life. For more details visit www.gofundme.com/Joshua-Ribera-charity.

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