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Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh
School friends of a 15-year-old girl from Hack-
ney who was killed last weekend are rallying
around to help the girl s mother pay for her
Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh died at a house in East-
way in Hackney, east London, on Saturday after-
noon after being shot in the neck.
Just nine days before she died, the teenager
was chosen to welcome the Jamaican High Com-
missioner, Aloun Ndombet-Assambaand, and
other dignitaries on a visit to the Church of Eng-
land secondary school.
Chainelle Jennings, 16, said her friend was "a
nice bubbly girl and she loved to party, loved
shopping". She said Shereka enjoyed studying his-
tory, was good at sports and planned to study
business. She added Shereka was an only child
who lived with a "very protective" mother while
her father lives in Jamaica.
A teenage boy accused of murdering her has
appeared in court. The boy, 15, who cannot be
identified for legal reasons, appeared at Stratford
youth court and was later remanded in custody.
Prosecutor Cindy Feyefunmi told the court that
London Ambulance Service paramedics were called
to the address shortly before 4 pm on Saturday
to reports someone had been shot. She said: "Fol-
lowing that call police were notified and they
attended the address.
"The LAS tried to resuscitate the victim but
she was pronounced dead at the scene."
A postmortem examination found that Shereka,
who attended the Urswick school in
Hackney, died from a single gunshot
wound to the neck, police said.
The terrace house where the
shooting happened is a short distance
from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic
Detectives recovered a gun from
Mourners visited the scene
throughout yesterday to lay flowers
and leave messages of condolence.
Two 16-year-olds who were also
arrested in connection with the
shooting have been released without
charge, police said.
Tributes continue to be paid to
the victim on Twitter and Facebook.
A Facebook page called "RIP Shere-
ka" had nearly 9,000 likes within
24 hours of her death.
Sources: BBC, The UK Guardian
Classmates help fund murdered
Jamaican student's funeral
KINGSTOWN---The family of a 49-year-old
woman, who died at hospital one day after law
enforcement officials raided her home in search
of drugs, has filed a lawsuit against the Royal St
Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.
Attorney Kay Bacchus Browne told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC) that the relatives are
seeking half a million dollars in damages.
Sylma "Codo" Thomas died on February 28, a
day after police raided her home in the North Lee-
ward town of Chateaubelair in search of weapons.
"I m going to ask for compensation in the sum
of half a million, plus special damages, for the
wrongful death due to police negligence," the attor-
ney said. She said that the pre-action civil lawsuit
letter has been sent to Attorney General Judith
Jones-Morgan and Commissioner of Police Michael
Charles. Last month, Commissioner Charles said
an investigation would be launched into the death
of Thomas after telling reporters that she had fainted
when law enforcement officials found and showed
her a "substance resembling cannabis", during the
But neighbours and relatives have accused the
police of not acting promptly to provide her with
medical attention when she suffered what later was
diagnosed as a stroke after the raid.
Thomas younger brother, Alfred Howe, a veteran
of the British Army who has served in Germany,
England, Poland and Iraq, said he was among per-
sons looking on as members of the armed Rapid
Response Unit ("Black Squad") conducted the raid.
Ronald "Patel" Mathews, the Member of Par-
liament for North Leeward, said while he was not
against the police carrying out their responsibility
"in a situation like this, the police might have acted
improperly in terms of the way the search was done
and the fact that they continued even after the
woman took sick".
He has called for an immediate investigation into
the incident. (CMC)
St Vincent police sued
over death of woman
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