Kiyan Prince, a promising younger footballer who was stabbed to death in 2006, has been brought ‘again to life’ in the brand new version of soccer video game, FIFA 21.
The 15-year-old who performed for Queens Park Rangers’ youth crew was murdered 15 years in the past outdoors of his college in Edgware, North London while breaking up a fight.
Led by gaming big EA Sports, Kiyan will now characteristic in the long-lasting game by being re-signed to QPR and utilizing AI expertise to recreate the previous budding star as a 30-year-old player.
(*21*) the squad quantity 30, Kiyan shall be out there on QPR’s squad itemizing in the video game in addition to being a squad member on all match day programmes on the just lately renamed Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in W est London.
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Director of soccer at QPR, Les Ferdinand, stated: “As a membership we have now labored intently with the Kiyan Prince Foundation and it has been an honour to get to know Mark on a private stage throughout that point.
“What he has been by is each mum or dad’s worst nightmare and his response to such a tragedy has been actually inspiring.
“When we named our stadium after the Kiyan Prince Foundation in 2019, we invited Mark to the coaching floor to converse with our gamers.
“The squad have been actually humbled by Mark’s bravery and his dedication to use his ache to stop others from having to stroll the identical path he has had to stroll.”
Dr Mark Prince , Kiyan’s father, stated teenage son did not know he was “constructing a legacy” in his brief life.
Dr Prince stated: “Kiyan was the type of son that you simply speak about, and say, ‘I want my boy was extra like this’,”
He added: “He was very discerning, very considerate of others, very caring, even down to the best way he was with animals.
“Kiyan didn’t know he was constructing his legacy every day in his brief 15 years, in his relationships along with his lecturers, along with his friends, his dad and mom and his brothers and sisters.”
Kiyan was killed by then 15-year-old Hannad Hasan who stabbed him in the chest with a pen knife outdoors of London Academy college in Edgware.
Popular and pipped to play for England, Kiyan was nicknamed “The Bullet” due to his velocity.
Former England ahead, Mr Ferdinand hopes the brand new initiative will encourage younger individuals to put down their knives.
He stated: “Loads of younger guys play FIFA, and they’re going to see this and take into consideration not simply him dropping his life, however his household, the a part of their lives that was misplaced.
“Hopefully that is one thing which may give you the chance to prick somebody’s conscience and assume, ‘effectively you already know what, let’s put this knife down’.”
Anyone wanting to assist the marketing campaign can donate to the Kiyan Prince Foundation by texting KPF (then the quantity) to 70490.
All manufacturers concerned in the marketing campaign, together with EA Sports, Adidas and Topps are donating cash to the Kiyan Prince Foundation for licensing the likeness.
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