Parents of a teenager who was killed when a thug threw a glass dish at him in a bakery are appealing for peace after a violent year so far.

Jimmy Mizen was murdered 10 years ago, a day after his 16th birthday, after being attacked in Lee.

The glass dish severed a blood vessel in his neck and he died.

In March 2009, Jake Fahri, then 19, was convicted of murder and is not eligible for release for a further four years.

Jimmy’s parents, Margaret and Barry, are promoting a ‘Stay Safe this Summer’ campaign and have held lectures in London South-East colleges.

Speaking about her son’s death, Mrs Mizen said: “Nothing in this world can prepare you for the loss of your child in this way. It is something that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.

“This year has seen many more parents, just like us, who have had to face the same shocking reality that that their son or daughter will not be coming home today - or indeed, ever again.”

After the murder, the inspirational parents set up the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, later named For Jimmy, a charity working to prevent such horrific events happening again.

The Met Police have investigated over 60 murders in the capital so far this year.

Mr Mizen told students: “We are what you would call an ordinary family. Before this happened, we would watch and listen to the news each day and hear of these things happening to other people and think that this is just something that happens to them, not us.

“Then, the unthinkable happened. It’s hard to describe how you feel at the time; hundreds of things go through your mind before returning to the same place and you ask yourself the same questions over and over again - why us, and why Jimmy?”

Below is how some students reacted to the talk hosted by Jimmy’s parents:

Kane Gooljary, 17, from Greenwich, said: “Today has been very educational for me. As a young person living in south London, I see all the bad headlines and wonder what I would do if I found myself in a situation like many others have recently. I think I’ve learnt a lot about staying safe and helping to keep others safe too.”

Doris Sokoli, 18, from Surrey Quays, said: “I think today has changed my perception about how common and real knife, gun and gang crime is. I found the presentation by Mr and Mrs Mizen very emotional at times and I am full of respect and admiration for both. The work they do is so valuable and important.”