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Man charged with murder of B Positive Choir and BGT star

TRAGEDY: Simonne Kerr with her late son Kavele

A MAN has been charged with the murder of a woman who sang with B Positive Choir and starred on Britain’s Got Talent.

Simonne Kerr was discovered with a stab wound in Battersea on Wednesday (August 15).

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 40-year-old man, Desmond Sylva, has been charged with her murder.

Kerr was among the finalists on the talent show hosted by Ant and Dec earlier this year. She sang with the NHS Choir B Positive, a group comprised of singers living with sickle cell disease and friends and families of those with the condition.

A nurse at Guy’s Hospital, Kerr lost one of her son’s, Kavele, to sickle cell anaemia in 2015.

Friends, colleagues and those who knew Kerr have expressed their shock and sadness at her death.

Give Blood NHS posted a message remembering Kerr on Twitter. “Our thoughts are with Simonne’s family at this tragic time. She was a valued member of the B Positive choir who was passionate about blood donation following the loss of her son. We are devastated at the loss of a well-liked choir member and friend.”

Elizabeth Anionwu, a friend of Kerr’s and a patron of Sickle Cell Society, said: “Just cannot believe the news that my beautiful friend Simonne was murdered yesterday. This photo was taken at the opening of the Garden of Remembrance in May last year at the school of her late son Kavele who had sickle cell anaemia. R.I.P.”

John James, chief executive of Sickle Cell Society, said: “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.”

Founder and CEO of the MOBO Awards, Kanya King wrote on Twitter: “RIP Simonne Kerr. Shocked to hear about the sudden death of Simonne. A vital and beautiful member of B Positive choir who gave so much. We were very proud of all you achieved in highlighting the need for more black blood donors. #yourmissionliveson”

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