A statement by The Revd Simon Harvey, who is conducting the funeral of JJ McPhillips at St Mary's today.
People are grieving again. Mourning the death of an Islington man who left home one evening expecting to return to his family.
JJ McPhillips was murdered on Upper Street, at a time when thousands of people were here for the evening. It’s really hard to accept that the reason that no one has been charged is because the people who know what happened that night have not come forward.
So I remind everyone that grieving does not end with a funeral. For JJ’s family, the wounds of bereavement will never completely heal. They need our compassion and our support. But they also need justice. I appeal to anyone who knows anything about this appalling murder to share that information with the police.
The service at St Mary’s today celebrates life.
We will speak of JJ. We will speak of love and laughter, of friendship and good things. We will remember him before God. And we will commit ourselves to live for peace.