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Thursday, 19 July 2012

YouTube music video tribute to shooting victim Aaron McKoy aims to show gang members how killings affect families of victims

Islington Tribune

Aaron McKoy was killed on New Year’s Day

Published: 19 July, 2012

THE cousin of a young man who was shot dead on his birthday has released a music video tribute to him in a bid to urge gangs to think how “mentally it kills a whole family”.

Yolanda Lear penned the rap lyrics just weeks after Aaron McKoy died close to an estate in Holborn in the early hours of New Year’s Day, but found it too painful to release the song on video-sharing website YouTube until now.

Along with her sister Chavon, the 17-year-old told the New Journal how Aaron’s death had “ripped apart our lives” nearly eight months ago and that the song had helped her to cope.

In the song she warns: “One bullet may kill one life physically.

“But mentally it kills a whole family. No matter how old I get, the memories will stay in my heart forever.”

She called for violent offenders to also consider the loved ones of their victims before acting but insisted that the song didn’t “reflect anger” but instead “how the family has changed”.

Yolanda, who grew up with Aaron, also known by the nickname “Twin”, his identical twin brother, Lee, and his older sister in Hackney, said: “Aaron had a heart of gold. He was very family-orientated and would give support to all of us.

“In the early days the anger that we lost him like this used to get too much.

“I spent weeks just wondering how he could be gone, we all felt lost.

“But I didn’t want the song to reflect anger but show how the family has changed and how we are coping.”

She added: “The song is to show people how families feel when someone dies like that.

"I don’t think the people who do this think about how it damages families.

“His death ripped our lives apart for a long while and we still have our off days, and this song helps me remember him in a positive way.”

Aaron died of a gunshot wound to the chest after paramedics battled to save his life for more than an hour at the Bourne Estate in Portpool Lane at 4.10am on January 1 this year.

Six men aged between 23 and 27 are due to stand trial for his murder later this year.

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