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Murdered boy's brother wants peace

The brother of murdered schoolboy Jimmy Mizen has made a heartfelt plea that the 2012 Olympics "will be remembered for peace as well as sport".

George Mizen, 12, is among thousands of British youngsters from 485 Catholic schools in London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent who are getting ready for 100 Days of Peace next summer that will span the 2012 Games.

Jimmy Mizen, 16, was murdered in May 2008 when he went out to buy a lottery ticket with his older brother Harry near their home in Lee, south-east London.

His parents Barry and Margaret will join George at a mass at Westminster Cathedral where youngsters will be told that peace is a legacy more precious than gold.

George said: "I think it is important for people to try to become friends with each other, and I hope the 100 Days of Peace will do that. I also hope that the 2012 Olympics will be remembered for peace as well as sport."

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols is to tell the congregation, made up of around 1,400 children, to prepare for the 100 Days of Peace.

Some of the children come from regions hit by the August riots. They come from schools in the Catholic dioceses of Westminster, Southwark and Brentwood.

The 100 Days of Peace is to start 50 days from the start of the Olympic opening ceremony and run from June 8 to October 28 2012, the archbishop said.

It is based on the "sacred truce" of the ancient Greek Olympics, which enabled competitors to reach Olympia without being attacked as they passed through warring city states.

The archbishop said: "I am immensely proud of the character and leadership of so many young people in our schools as they work for peace and safety on our streets. This is a story which deserves to be widely known, as it will give hope and encouragement to many."

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