Stars Turn out to Remember Murder Victim Ben Kinsella

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Stars Turn out to Remember Murder Victim Ben Kinsella


Friends of murdered teenager Ben Kinsella wore fancy dress to celebrate his life at his funeral yesterday.

Dozens of the 16-year-old's peers dressed in colourful wigs and outsized sunglasses.

Ben, brother of former East Enders actress Brooke Kinsella, died after he was stabbed in north London on a night out.

Miss Kinsella, who played Kelly Taylor in the TV soap, pleaded for others to learn from his death and lay down weapons.

Some of Ben's friends turned up at St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, in Islington, north London, in T-shirts bearing anti knife crime slogans.

Ben was stabbed several times in York Way, Islington, after a fight in a bar spilled onto streets on June 29.

His friend Louis Robson, 16, the son of Birds Of A Feather actress Linda Robson, was with him as he died.

In the following days, up to 400 protesters marched along Upper Street, Islington to the scene of the killing to demand an end to knife crime.

Miss Kinsella, 24, said: "Now is the time to stand up and put an end to this.

Please, please let us learn from Ben and every other child stolen from us."

Arsenal fan Ben was a popular student at Holloway School in north London.

He appeared in an episode of ITV police drama The Bill in 2004 and took regular afterschool drama classes at the Young Actors Theatre in north London for more than a year.

Hundreds lined the church entrance as the purple coffin was carried inside and several younger mourners broke down in tears. …

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