Pals set up charity for murdered pair

MURDERED: James Kouzaris
MURDERED: James Kouzaris
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RELATIVES and friends of two Sheffield students shot dead in a robbery on holiday in the US have set up a charity in their memory and are gearing up for their latest fundraising challenge.

James Cooper, aged 25, and James Kouzaries, 24, both former University of Sheffield students, were murdered while on holiday in Florida in 2011.

Shawn Tyson, 16, is due to appear at Sarasota County Court court in America next month accused of their murders.

He will be tried as an adult and also faces a further seven separate charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, without intent to kill.

US police files reveal Tyson bragged to friends about the killings.

He faces death by lethal injection or life imprisonment if convicted.

Following the men’s deaths, their university pals set up a charity called Always a Chance.

The charity aims to provide victims of violent crime with counselling services, educate youngsters about violence and gun culture and find them education, training or employment opportunities.

The charity’s latest event is a 12-week fundraiser which will see participants run, cycle, free run, skateboard, unicycle, roller blade or swim between all 92 football league grounds in the country, covering a distance of 2,200 miles over 12 weeks.

Anthony Meenaghan, 20, of Alderson Road North, Highfield, Sheffield, who is studying architectural technology at Sheffield Hallam University has already run 15 miles from Birmingham City’s ground to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He is gearing up for his next run from Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium to Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane.

Anthony said: “Running into my city and the city where both the two Jameses came to university is personal for both me and the charity.

“I didn’t know them but I just want to spread the word and to get people involved in this great cause.”

The Always a Chance charity is aiming to raise an impressive £1 million in its first year.

n Anyone interested in sponsoring Anthony can log on to www.charitygiving.co.uk/kickoutviolence, see www.92clubrelay.org.uk to join in with the relay and www.alwaysachance.org.uk for details of the charity.