Simonne Kerr, a singer who starred on the 12th season of Britain’s Got Talent as part of the NHS’s B Positive choir, has been stabbed to death in Battersea, London.
A Metropolitan Police statement said: “Police were called on Wednesday, 15 August at 12:38hrs to a report of a stabbing at a residential address in Grayshott Road, SW11.
“Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.
“A woman, aged 31, was found with a stab injury. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 13:41hrs.
“While formal identification awaits, police are confident that the deceased is 31-year-old Simonne Samantha Kerr, originally from Wembley.
“Her next-of-kin have been informed, and a post-mortem is due to take place today.
“A 40-year-old man who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, remains in police custody.
“The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are leading the investigation.
“At this stage, police are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation.
“Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 3183/15Aug or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
31-year-old Simonne performed to Britain’s Got Talent judges as part of the B Positive Choir to promote blood donations, having lost one of her children, Kavele, to sickle cell anaemia in 2015.
At the time of the competition, Simonne said that singing was her ‘therapy’, and that she joined the choir because she was passionate about raising awareness of blood conditions like sickle cell disease – and the need for more black people and young people to sign up as blood donors.
Simonne said: “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 continued: “I got to spend six wonderful years watching Kavele grow and though there were a handful of hospitalisations in his short life, I was positive that he would live a full life into adulthood. I lost him in 2015.”
Explaining that the choir ‘really helps’, Simonne 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.”
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