Families of late-Muswell Hill and Hampstead graffiti artists warn of art form’s risks after inquest into their deaths
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The families of late-Muswell Hill and Hampstead graffiti artists have warned of the “dangerous risks” of the art form after an inquest into their deaths.
Harrison Scott-Hood from Muswell Hill, Hampstead’s Albert Fresneda Carrasco were killed with their friend Jack Gilbert in the early hours of June 18 when they were hit by a train on elevated tracks in Brixton, south London.
Senior coroner Andrew Harris found at Southwark Coroner’s Court that the trio died as a result of an accident when they were struck while hiding from an oncoming train.
Afterwards, the three boys’ families issued a joint statement warning of the dangerous associated with tagging.
Harrison, 23, Albert, 19 and Jack, 23, all had “promising futures ahead of them and a passion for art, particularly tagging”, they said.
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But they “tragically lost their lives because of the dangerous risks this art form brings”, the families said.
“In a time full of needless violence, if our sons were guilty of anything, it was their love for painting,” they said.
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“We can only express to young people trying to make their mark to please be safe.
“Keep your creativity alive - but don’t risk your lives.”
Recording the artists’ deaths as an accident, Mr Harris said they scaled a fence to access the track near Loughborough Junction station at about 12.25am.
They were then hit by an oncoming train while hiding by a wall.
Mr Fresneda, a New York City-born student had written up a list of his aspirations shortly before he died.
In a statement read to court, his mother Isabel Carrasco said: “He wrote a to-do list just a few hours before the accident and we just wish he could’ve fulfilled his dreams.”
Meanwhile Susie Hood said her son was a “creative, free-spirited young man” and decried the “stigma” surrounding the “amazing art form”.
Jack’s mum Maxine said he was a “gorgeous, bright, cheeky, inquisitive boy who brought everyone joy”.
In a statement, Susie Hood said her son, who lived in Muswell Hill, north London, was a
All three died from multiple injuries as a result of being struck by a train, post-mortem examinations found.
Reporting by Press Association.