Event outside the Greek Embassy in London for Tyrell
The mother of a British teenager, who was stabbed to death while on a Greek holiday, has told the BBC that his killing was “senseless” and “brutal”.
A year ago this week, Tyrell Matthews-Burton died on his 19th birthday while with friends in Malia, Crete.
Tyrell from Leyton in London was stabbed outside a bar.
Following reports of a mass brawl, police made several arrests and charged Myles Litchmore-Dunbar, also 19 and from London, with murder.
He denies being responsible and is awaiting trial in Greece.
Now Tyrell’s mother, Sharon Matthews, is planning to mark the anniversary of his death and his birthday by organising a gathering outside the Greek embassy in London on Wednesday.
Speaking publicly for the first time, she told BBC Radio 5 Live she is desperate to find out what happened to her son and why.
“I want people to know Tyrell’s life was important and that his death was senseless, unnecessary and brutal,” she said.
“I want those in Greece that are going to be responsible for making the decisions, to know this kind of thing should not have happened and they need to send the right message to anyone that is coming into their island.
“Whilst you come here to have a good time, people need to be safe. And that if you come here and commit a crime of any sort, you’re going to be dealt with in the harshest, fairest way possible.”