Mum Alison Cope with Alfie Bradley
The mother of tragic Birmingham teenager Joshua Ribera was left "overwhelmed" by a peace day held in his memory.
Friends and family gathered outside the city centre Rep theatre on Sunday to remember the aspiring rapper, who performed as Depzman, a year after his death.
Complete strangers were also moved to become involved in the hope of raising awareness of the devastation caused by knife crime.
CCTV footage from the night of Joshua's death
His mother Alison Cope said: "The support I received to make this happen was overwhelming.
"It's what I wanted to see - the whole community coming together.
"I like to think Joshua would have been really proud."
The event included children's entertainment and a concert held last night.
It was part of a knife awareness project, backed by the Activating Creative Talent social enterprise.
"It was never going to be easy but I felt we needed to do something like this to focus our minds," Alison said.
"Otherwise, we would all have been left to our own devices.
"I won't be doing something so public in future years but for the first anniversary, I thought it was important.
"The artists performed for free.
"There was no hesitation from them - they wanted to help and some travelled for miles.
"And some of Joshua's closest friends, who have been with me every step of the way, dressed up in costumes to entertain the children."
Family friend Elisha Gwynne said: "It was a really positive day for young people.
"It is important to raise awareness of knife crime because it can have devastating effects.
"Joshua was such a loveable, friendly person."
The event also remembered the life of a second Birmingham stab victim, Kyle Sheehan.
Kyle, 16, was knifed exactly a year before his friend Joshua, on September 21, 2012.
His murder remains unsolved.
Michelle Lewis, who volunteered to help, added: "I didn't know Joshua but, having a son myself, I wanted to help.
"It's really important we teach our children about knife crime because the thought of what can happen is scary."
*Armani Mitchell, 18, of The Green, Northfield, was jailed for life in March after being found guilty of Joshua's murder.
Joshua Ribera's mum Alison Cope with Errol Smith and Nathaniel James
Joshua Ribera with mum Alison Cope