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/ 1 July 2020

Community comes together to remember sisters

A remembrance service led by the Bishop of Willesden and the Vicar of Holy Innocents, Kingsbury was held this afternoon to honour Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, two sisters who were stabbed to death in Wembley, North London earlier this month.

The socially-distanced service was held at the viewpoint at the top of Gotfords Hill in Fryent Park, where the sisters were found.  Those who attended were asked to bless the park, after a message from Mina Smallman, the mother of the sisters, expressed the desire that they should in this act of commemoration “give the Park back to the people.”

The Mayor of Brent, Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, attended the service, alongside members of local churches and the wider community. The service was also live streamed on Holy Innocents’ Facebook page.

The Revd Natasha Woodward, Vicar of Holy Innocents, Kingsbury and Dean of Women’s Ministry, Willesden Episcopal Area, said:

“A huge number of people have been devastated by the deaths of Nicole and Bibaa and the aftermath.  It is encouraging that so many joined in this afternoon in person and online to honour them, to begin to reclaim Fryent Park from the evil which has taken place, and to pray for justice.  I hope today’s event gives some small comfort for those closest to Nicole and Bibaa, whose loss is difficult to comprehend. They will remain in our prayers.”

 The Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, said:

“While it is an unfortunate fact that violent acts like this are now a regular occurrence in London, this does not detract from what is an unbearable and devastating loss of life.  It’s also a poignant reminder of the reality that black lives matter. Amidst the anguish felt by all in the Willesden Area, today’s service was an opportunity to remember Bibaa and Nicole, to pray for their families, all who knew them and one another and to bless the park.”

 A copy of the order of service is available here.

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