Nurse And Britain’s Got Talent Star Who Sang In B Positive Choir Is Stabbed To Death In Battersea Home


A WOMAN stabbed to death at her home yesterday is a Britain’s Got Talent star whose six-year-old son died of a blood disorder, it has been revealed.

Simonne Kerr, who shot to fame as part of the NHS choir B Positive on the ITV show, was killed in a well-heeled London suburb on Wednesday.

Simonne Kerr Simonne Kerr, 31, with son Kavele who died aged six in 2015. She was today named as a murder victim

Paramedics and air ambulance crews battled to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene in Grayshott just after 1.40pm on Wednesday.

The death of Ms Kerr, 31, whose son Kavele died from sickle cell disease in 2015, is the 90th homicide investigation in the capital this year.

A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the bloody attack — which police said was “not gang-related”.

B Positive — made up of staff, donors and patients from the NHS Blood and Transplant unit — was founded to inspire the public to give blood.

Simonne Kerr Simonne was stabbed to death at her home in Battersea, South West London

They made it through to the final of Britain’s Got Talent this year after heartrending performances moved judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon to tears.

The group was a wildcard entry to the final — eventually losing out to comedian Lost Voice Guy.

Mum-of-two Simonne worked as a haematology and oncology nurse at Guys and St Thomas Hospital in South London.

She was killed in her flat in the affluent “Nappy Valley” area of the capital — which is popular with young families.

Witnesses said armed police broke down the door of the end of terrace property, which was later cordoned off.

A neighbour who didn’t want to be named said: “The police went in with a battering ram at 12.40pm.

“Armed officers took him out a minute or so later and had him sitting in an unmarked Astra.

“He was very calm when they took him away – they didn’t need to put him on the floor or anything.

“It’s just shocking. It’s a shock to the system and a very sad outcome.

“There are lots of kids and young mums round here, it’s very Nappy Valley and Yummy Mummy territory.”

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Simonne discovered she was a sickle cell disease carrier during a routine 12-week pregnancy scan and Kavele was diagnosed at only five days old after a heel-prick test.

Kavele’s father was screened and discovered that he was also a carrier for the disease as well.

At the time of the competition Simone, originally from Wembley, 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.”

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Telling of the trauma of her son’s death, Simonne said that he woke at 5am with a high temperature and vomiting.

She said: “I gave Kavele medication and monitored him throughout the morning.

“However, he became more lethargic and I felt his condition was not improving so I called for an ambulance and was told we would have to wait up to 45 minutes.

“An hour later I telephoned 999 again because Kavele’s breathing became more laboured.

“Kavele went into cardiac arrest approximately 20 to 30 minutes after several ambulance crews started to arrive. He did not recover and passed away in hospital several hours later”.

The brave mum managed to turn her heartbreaking ordeal into something positive — channelling her grief into raising awareness of sickle cell disease and blood donations with B Positive.

She said: “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.”


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