Sylvester Akpalara

Over 500 people attended a memorial service at Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Road, London SW17 on Thursday 13th Jan to remember Sylvester Akpalara, a promising athlete, who was shot and died in Peckham on 29th December.

Members of all ages from Sylvester’s athletics club Herne Hill Harriers and the local athletics community joined Sylvester’s friends and family to remember his life. Also attending were friends & teachers from Richmond College where he had started in September as well as a large number who had grown up with him at school & from the local community of Peckham.

The church was full with hundreds standing at the back and the side of the church to listen to the memories and celebrate his life in a moving and yet uplifting service.