The last two decades have been devastating for Linda and John Burke-Monerville, a Nigeria couple who has lost three sons to violence in London.
The couple shared their experience on a Good Morning Britain (GMB) show on Monday 29th July 2019.
It was reported that the couple has decided to send their other children back to Nigeria and they also believe that their children’s stay in n Nigeria will reduce any chance of them being killed by a knife.
Mrs burke-Monerville pleaded that justice should prevail for her three songs; David (38), Trevor (26) and Joseph (19) who were attacked and murdered on different occasions.
She stated that David Burke-Monerville was stabbed to death in Barnet in June, Joseph Burke-Monerville, David’s 19-year-old brother who was accidentally shot six years ago, however, has seen no one convicted for the murder.
Trevor, The eldest Burke-Monerville brother that was 26 was stabbed to death in 1994 still no one was arrested for his murder.
The couple disclosed how they had tried their best to keep their family safe by sending their children to Nigeria.
Joseph was shot in the head and murdered six months following his return from Nigeria with Jonathan, his twin brother.
Mr John Burke-Monerville stated “The second set of twins – I recall one day they came home saying they got in a fight at school and a young lad who was a spectator at the time of the fight offered one of them a knife and asked him to use it.
He continued: “They came home and told us that story. The next day we talked about it and decided to repeat what we did with the first set (by sending them to Nigeria).”
Linda Burke-Monerville sobbed beside her husband, John and said: “I have to hold onto what is left of my family.”
The Burke-Monervilles concluded: “Parents of these boys should do something better, instead of harbouring boys who do all these things.”
London has been struggling with knife crimes outbreak with fatal stabbings as deaths are at top level following the Second World War.
Source: Naija News