“Britain’s Got Talent” Finalist Simonne Kerr Found Slain In London Apartment
Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Simonne Samantha Kerr, 31, was found stabbed to death at a London apartment on Wednesday.
According to the Metropolitan police, authorities were called to a residential address on Grayshott Road in Battersea, at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. Upon arrival, Kerr was found with a stab injury and pronounced dead at the scene at 1:41 p.m.
Law enforcement quickly arrested Desmond Slyva, 40. Slyva was charged with Kerr’s murder, and appeared at Wimbledon magistrates court on Friday, August 17. Slyva has yet to enter a plea. A post-mortem examination revealed that Kerr died as a result of injuries from stabbing.
Kerr appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, with the NHS Choir group B Positive, which consists of vocalists aged 22-62 who have been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia or know loved ones that have been affected by the disease. Kerr, lost her son Kavele, 6, to sickle cell anemia in 2015. According to BBC, Kerr dedicated herself to helping others, choosing a career as a hematology and oncology nurse at Guy’s hospital near London Bridge.
Kerr shared her story on the NHS blog, writing “I got to spend six wonderful years watching Kavele grow and though there were a handful of hospitalizations in his short life, I was positive he would live a fun life into adulthood. I lost him in 2015. 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.”
B Positive made it all the way until the finals, but ultimately lost the talent competition to comedian Lost Voice Guy in June. B Positive brought tears to all of the BGT judges (yes, even Simon), with a powerful ballad of Rise Up. You can check out the groundbreaking performance below.