Parents pay tribute to stabbed son, 14, who wanted to change world

The parents of a 14-year-old schoolboy stabbed to death in London have told how their son had wanted to become a politician and change the world.

David Idowu became the youngest victim of knife crime in the capital when he died on Monday, three weeks after he was stabbed in Southwark, south London.

Yesterday, his parents, along with his brothers, Peter, 18, and James, 13, visited the spot where he was stabbed. His mother, Grace, fell to her knees and wept uncontrollably as she arrived. Clutching a balloon with "God Bless David" written on it, she knelt in the rain, singing a hymn until her family helped her to her feet.

Mrs Idowu, 48, and David's father, Tim, 56, released a statement revealing their son to be a deeply religious boy who had dreamt of going into politics and emulating his idol, Bill Clinton. Mrs Idowu, a supermarket check-out assistant, said: "We love you David but God loves you more. May your heart and soul rest in peace. David gave his life to Jesus Christ when he was 10 years old. David is with his heavenly father, but we shall see him again."

Mr Idowu, a bus driver, added: "He believed change can only come through good world leaders and had recently visited Madam Tussauds to have his picture taken with President Clinton who he admired and wanted to emulate."

In a reference to her son's death amid the growing knife problem in London, Mrs Idowu added: "The thief does not come except to steal and destroy, but Jesus Christ came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. The body of Christ let us call for revival on this great nation and God will hear us."

Odunayo Otti, a church elder of the Christ Apostolic Church in Bermondsey, where the family worship, added: "He was a sweet and loving boy; never mixed up in any trouble. He was always at church with his family and worked hard at school."

David became the 19th teenager to be stabbed to death in London this year. He was attacked on 17 June following an alleged altercation at a football pitch near Tabard Street in Southwark, close to his home.

The argument then moved to Great Dover Street where David was stabbed once in the stomach and once in the chest. Detectives have said that he may have been targeted because of his distinctive blue and grey Walworth Academy uniform. A 16-year-old boy from Catford, south-east London, has appeared at Camberwell youth court, charged with attempted murder.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor