The father of a murdered 17-year-old has said he feels “more pity than hate” for his son’s killer.
Malcolm Mide-Madariola was standing up for a friend when he was stabbed to death near Clapham South Tube station in south-west London on 2 November.
Olumide Wole-Madariola said he would be willing to meet the boy convicted of murdering his son if given the chance.
Since Malcolm’s death, his family has launched a charity for vulnerable youngsters.
Speaking about those involved in Malcolm’s death, Mr Wole-Madariola said: “Their future is practically gone with what they’ve done.
“When a youth’s life is destroyed there’s a future leader’s life destroyed, a future leader in the family, in society.”
“If I have the opportunity I’d be willing to meet [Malcolm’s killer] because they’ve still got years ahead of them,” Mr Wole-Madariola said.
Last month, a 17-year-old boy was found guilty of Malcolm’s murder and a 19-year-old admitted having a knife in connection with his death.
Both will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 5 July.
“When they come out they’re going to be in their adulthood so I would be wiling to speak with them and hope they use the best part of their years to be a better part of society,” Mr Wole-Madariola said.
‘Your future matters’
He said the Malcolm Mide-Madariola World Foundation – being launched on Saturday – aimed to have an “educational approach to recharge youths’ lives”.
“When you have kids that are not engrossed in anything they tend to wander away,” he said.
“Regardless of where they’re coming from, if their parents are divorced, criminal, or been to jail, they should know that their own personal future matters.”
Malcolm’s father said his son “shared with people that didn’t have as much”, and his outlook has inspired the charity’s mission.
The foundation plans to rent space to put on lectures and vocational courses, before eventually finding a permanent home in Clapham.
The charity will also help those who cannot afford school meals and school clothing.
Mr Wole-Madariola said he had received messages of support from Prime Minister Theresa May and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.