Britain’s Got Talent Star Simonne Kerr Stabbed To Death In Own Home

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Simonne Kerr stabbed to death in London flat.Simonne Kerr/Facebook

A member of the NHS B Positive choir – who performed in the 2018 Britain’s Got Talent final – has died after being stabbed to death in her own home.

Haematology and oncology nurse Simonne Kerr was stabbed in her flat in southwest London, and was pronounced dead at the scene after police were called.

The 31-year-old mother of two had lost her son Kavele to sickle cell anaemia back in 2015. She joined the B Positive choir after his death to raise public awareness about the importance of donating blood.

According to the Metropolitan Police, Simonne’s next-of-kin have been informed, and a post-mortem will be carried out today.

A 40-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, and is now in police custody.

Police are reportedly not currently looking for anybody else in connection with their investigation, which is being led by The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

The B Positive choir, formed by NHS Blood and Transplant unit staff, donors and patients, made it through to the Britain’s Got Talent final, inspiring viewers to donate blood through their powerful performances and personal stories.

Simonne found out she was a sickle cell carrier after a routine 12-week pregnancy scan. Kavele was diagnosed with the disease when he was just five days old.

Speaking about her son at the time of the competition, Simonne said:

Knowing both myself and Kavele’s dad were carriers of the sickle cell trait meant that my baby would have a one in four chance of developing the condition.

Kavele was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth. He had his first sickle at just a few months old.

The sickling happened mainly in his tummy and as he got older, he was hospitalised one or two times a year, usually for a few days at a time.

Kavele was an active child and he went to school and led as normal a life he could with sickle cell disease.

She added:

Singing can be such an uplifting experience so joining the B Positive choir seemed the obvious way to raise awareness of the urgent need for more young and black people to give blood while doing something positive and motivational.

Those who admired her devotion as a nurse, mother and singer have taken to social media to pay their respects.

Chief Executive of the Sickle Cell Society, John James OBE, tweeted:

So so shocked to hear that our friend, Sickle Cell Society volunteer and B-Positive Choir member Simonne Kerr has been tragically killed. In shock. My thoughts are with her mother, siblings and other family members.

The London International Gospel Choir also offered their condolences, tweeting:

Our hearts go out to @bpositivechoir at this awful time. May she rest in peace.
#SimonneKerr

Those with information concerning this incident are asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 3183/15Aug or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also tweet @MetCC.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Simonne at this difficult time.

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