British Sickle Cell Activist Murdered

simonne kerr (facebook)Simonne Kerr, 31, talented singer and member of the ward-winning B Positive Choir, has been found dead in her London apartment. She was discovered with fatal knife wounds on August 15.

The B Positive Choir is made up of 60 singers who suffer from sickle cell anemia or have a friend or loved one battling the condition. Kavele, Kerr’s son, was born with sickle cell anaemia in 2009 and died from the disease at the age of six.

The loss of her child is what prompted Kerr to join the B Positive Choir.

‘I got to spend six wonderful years watching Kavele grow and though there were a handful of hospitalizations in his short life, I was positive that he would live a full life into adulthood,’ she said in a video she made for the NHS Blood and Transplant Center, in hopes of bringing awareness to the blood disease and increase blood donations.

A nurse with special interest in haematology and oncology, Kerr worked with Guys and St Thomas Hospital in south London.

Kerr also volunteered with England’s Sickle Cell Society, whos CEO, John James, tweeted,

So shocked to hear that ….. Simonne Kerr has been tragically killed. My thoughts are with her mother, siblings and other family members.

On its part, the B Positive Choir tweeted,

Our thoughts are with Simonne’s family at this tragic time. She was a valued member of the B Positive choir who was passionate about blood donation following the loss of her son. We are devastated at the loss of a well-loved choir member and friend.

A man has been charged with her murder.

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