Shock at Burning of Flowers and Cards at Jamal Edwards Shrine

Unclear whether fire was malicious or accidental

Shock at Burning of Flowers and Cards at Jamal Edwards Shrine
What remains of the flowers and cards after the fire. Picture: Facebook


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There has been dismay at the destruction by fire of offerings left under the mural of Jamal Edwards recently.

The tributes to the music entrepreneur who died the February aged 31 had been left at the wall of the Everyone Active leisure centre since his death at his mother’s home in Acton.

The damage was done at some point in the early hours of 13 July.

There has been some speculation on social media that the fire was started deliberately but others believe that it started due to the recent heatwave.

The owner of a nearby local business was sceptical that this is what happened. He said, “I don’t think anyone around here would do that. Many of the flowers were wilted and very dry and in this heat it would have just meant that a carelessly left candle or a discarded cigarette would have set it off. It may have been time anyway to call an end to it all as there were fewer and fewer flowers as time progressed.”

Both London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police say that the fire was not reported to them.


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July 14, 2022


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