North London Today
Wednesday, 04 July 2012
Devastated: Jasmid Grisales, in front of a picture of her son Steven, who she said was
By Mary McConnell
THE mother of murdered student Steven Grisales has told the Advertiser about the devastating effect her son’s death has had on her family.
The 21-year-old, who was attacked by a 15-year-old boy in August last year, was the third young person to be knifed to death in Enfield last year.
He was stabbed as he walked down College Close, Edmonton, after delivering shopping to his grandmother.
The teenage killer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to ten-and-a-half years in jail last month, after being convicted of murder in May.
Steven’s mother Jasmid Grisales said that her whole family had been left devastated by the attack.
“It had such an awful affect on my 12-year-old daughter,” she explained. “She doesn’t want to talk about what happened to Steven. It has made us all scared and my mother is devastated. She was a very strong woman before, but now she says that she doesn’t want to live any more.
“Steven was an exceptional human being. He was out of this world and I am not just saying that because I am his mother.”
Jasmid said the law must be toughened up if young people are to be made to think twice about carrying knives.
“This boy took a knife and stabbed my son,” she added. “He definitely needed a longer sentence. He didn’t show any remorse. He was looking at us and laughing, saying that they can’t do anything to me. That was horrible.”
Jasmid, who has three younger children, said that her son’s killer should not have got off lightly because of his age.
“If you take a knife from your home, you know what you are doing,” she said. “You know if you are 15, my three-year-old son knows what is right and what is wrong. You have to teach your children from an early age that hard work is the only way to get somewhere in life. They need to be taught how to be good human beings, about love and about courage.”
When asked why she thought so many killings happened in the borough, Jasmid said she did not have any answers. “Years ago you never saw these things happening in Enfield,” she added.