Brooke Kinsella in EastEnders stabbing

It is becoming depressingly familiar – a teenager is stabbed to death and their friends and family are devastated.

But once the media coverage goes away, what happens to those loved ones?

EastEnders is currently exploring the terrible effects of crime, and the impact it may have.

For authenticity, the soap writers have helped me, see the ex-star, Brooke Kinsella, whose brother Ben was stabbed to death in London in 2008.

The 16-year-old was on a night out to celebrate the end of his Gcses.

“It was really difficult to relive, and I try really hard not to do it, but if you can help in any way, makes it worth while,” Brooke says.

The Ben Kinsella Trust

The plot, of course, on time, with more than half of the 60 murders in London this year in the phase of stabbings.

And, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), knife crime increased by 22% in England and Wales in 2017.

After the death of his brother, Brooke set up the Ben Kinsella Trust.

She says that it is heartbreaking, that in ten years, so many people are still being killed by knife crime.

“We have worked hard to try to make a difference, and every day I am picking up the newspaper and reading someone else has lost a brother or a son, and you can make you want to give.”

This week we saw two characters, Keegan, and Shakil, attacked by a gang.

Spoiler alert – this article reveals the plot.

Newsbeat spent time in Albert Square set talking to actors about how they prepared for the plot.

Shakil and Keegan were attacked after Keegan stole a bicycle from a gang.

He tries to smooth things by giving back, but not stabbed and dies from his injuries.

In the soap Shakil 17 years old and Keegan is 16.

Shaheen Jafargholi, who plays Shakil, has told Newsbeat he felt under pressure to get the plot right and to show what people in that age group.

“It was intense, to make sure the story is accurate and is provided in a way that is close to the bone,” he says.

As part of his research, he spoke of the surgeon who takes care of the stab victims.

“He told me about what happens to your body after being stabbed and how he would react.”

The key to the story is showing the effects that the crime is all those connected to the victim.

Shakil mother, Carmel, played by Bonnie Langford, who spoke with Brooke to help her prepare for the scenes.

Brooke says: “In all honesty, I don’t want to see what me and my family go through and experience that pain.

“But it is unfortunately the reality for us and many others, maybe seeing that side of things that people can understand that it can happen to anyone”.

Bonnie believes EastEnders has failed to show that the reality.

“When we see things on the news, on the tragedies is to see the families and they are always pressing the call key, or on TV.

“What we can do is show what happens when the doors close, and the ripple effect on all those people from a private perspective, it is so raw.”

“They were not afraid to show the uncomfortable side and the hard side and the bad side,” says Bonnie.

She says that when people are in mourning, “things are said that are not nice, but what is happening is real”.

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