Simonne Kerr was one of the members of the incredible B Positive Choir that competed on season 12 of Britain’s Got Talent. Their group was very special being that each of the members had sickle cell disease or a loved one that had it. Here’s a look back at her ‘BGT’ journey leading up to her tragic murder.
Simonne Kerr Joined B Positive Choir On ‘BGT’ After The Death Of Her Son
Simonne’s son Kavele died of sickle cell disease in 2015 when he was just six years old. She joined B Positive Choir which was formed by NHS Blood and Transplant to raise awareness for the disease and influence people to donate blood.
They sang “Rise Up” by Andra Day for their ‘BGT’ audition and the judges gave them a standing ovation. “I found the whole thing really moving because blood donors saved my life and they’re the reason I’m still a mommy to two girls,” Amanda Holden said after their performance.
On the NHS blog, Simonne wrote “Singing can be such an uplifting experience so joining the B Positive choir seems 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.”
The group made it into the Semi-Finals where they found themselves in the top three of the episode. Both Amanda and Alesha Dixon voted to move them into the next round while Simon Cowell and David Walliams did not. However, they were brought back in one of the wildcard slots and made it to the final where they once again performed “Rise Up.” They finished the competition in eleventh place and certainly inspired so many people around the globe.
Simonne Was Murdered A Few Months After Competing On The Show
Simonne had been dating her on again off again boyfriend Desmond Sylva after meeting through a dating app. On August 15, 2018, just a few months after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent, Simonne had a long day working as a nurse at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital. She went to Desmond, an Iraq war veterans apartment after work. He stabbed her more than 70 times with a kitchen knife, slashing her throat, face and neck leaving her dead.
He called the police saying “Can I have police please, I’ve just committed a murder. I’m ex-Army and I’ve got lots of mental health issues. He also said that he did it because “She just gets on my nerves, man, trying to fight me and take my money so I had to defend myself.”
Jurors at his trial were told that he suffered from depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. He admitted to manslaughter but not murder. “I did not mean to kill her. I had deep feelings for her” he said. “When I slashed the knife across her throat at that split second I thought I had a mental breakdown.” Ultimately, the jury found him guilty of murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison.
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Simonne dedicated her life to helping other people and raising awareness for sickle cell disease. Her memory certainly lives on after her tragic murder.