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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 September 2006, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Tragic year for grieving mother
Jason Gayle-Bent
Jason Gayle-Bent was attacked by a mob
The mother of a young man stabbed to death by a gang of youths lost another son just last year, it has emerged.

Eileen Gayle's son, Alex, was killed in a car crash in Sydenham, south-east London, his family said.

On Sunday, her eldest son Jason Gayle-Bent, 29, was attacked yards from their home in Ludwick Mews, New Cross, south-east London.

"He was a loving and devoted son who was getting on with his life and building himself a future," she said.

Family support

"Jason was a friendly person who did not associate himself with any particular group and was not a member of any gang," she told the BBC News website.

There is nothing that can be done to bring him back to me
Eileen Gayle

"There is nothing that can be done to bring him back to me."

"I abhor violence and ask that as a community we work towards bringing Jason's killers to justice. No other mother should have to suffer like I am."

Mr Gayle-Bent was sitting on a wall with two friends when the gang rode up.

One of the youths pulled out a gun, aimed and fired several shots.

It is not clear exactly what happened next, but Mr Gayle-Bent was stabbed in the heart.

Police believe the same gang may also have attacked and wounded another man shortly afterwards in Deptford Wharf.

Tony Gayle, Mr Gayle-Bent's cousin, said: "Eileen is distraught. She's lost her second son in a year. The boys' father also died from cancer a few years ago.

"It's not an easy time for her but fortunately, her family is around her."


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