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For the lives lost

Participants with placards. Photo courtesy Georgia Popplewell.

By Simone Delochan, sdelochan.camsel@rcpos.org

Remember Keith Noel? He was chopped to death at his Belmont home, in May 2005. In anguish at the cruel manner in which his employee’s life had been taken, Steven Cadiz began the Keith Noel 136 Committee which galvanised a massive march, October 22 that year.

The march, by news reports, had over 10,000 participants, and represented a wide swathe of society in terms of religion, ethnicity, class, and age.  That year, 386 murders had been recorded – it was 305 at the time of the march. Since then, over 4,000 citizens have lost their lives (2006–2017). This year, so far, the murder tally has crossed 400.

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