Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh. Credit: Facebook
Tributes for a 15-year-old girl shot dead at a birthday party at her boyfriend’s house have poured in from across the world, as the teen is due to take the stand charged with her murder.
Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh, a top student at Urswick School, died from a bullet wound to her neck at a party on Saturday night, just minutes after she presented her boyfriend with his birthday present.
Described as an “angel”, tributes to Shereka from family and friends have come in celebrating the young girl’s life, and mourning their loss.
Her cousin, Simone Blagrove, said: “I love you so much my lil’ cousin, and it breaks my heart that they took you away from us like that and we won’t see your beautiful face anymore.”
‘Splintz’ Bailey, who said he was Shereka’s first boyfriend a few years ago, said: “It’s just very upsetting that I didn’t get to say goodbye. I’m glad our last memory together ended with laughs and smiles. Another angel has been taken from us and been put into a better place.”
“A beautiful, bubbly person”
Classmate Vishan Muntean from Urswick School said: “I wish R.I.P meant, ‘Return If Possible’, that seat in maths will never ever be filled.”
Friend Milan Carmichael said Shereka was a “beautiful, bubbly and nice person.”
She said: “She wanted to be a business lady and she’s gonna be more than that in heaven. She was popular and loved by everyone.”
Local celebrities have spoken of their “shock” at the much-loved girl’s death, and have stepped up calls for youth support in the ‘neglected’ borough.
Hackney Labour Youth Co-ordinator Jermain Jackman, who is currently competing on BBC series The Voice, told the Hackney Post:
“It happened the same day I was performing. It’s such a tragic case and it demonstrates exactly why it’s so important to invest in young people.
He added: ““Cuts to youth centres are having a direct impact on the people who need them most. It’s important to be proactive – we need to step up our game. Hackney is a neglected borough.”
“Guns ruin lives”
Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: “The death of a young person is always devastating, and our sympathies are very much with Shereka’s friends and family. This incident has sent shockwaves through the community in Hackney and we are working to support pupils and staff at Urswick, where Shereka was a much-valued member of the school.
“This has highlighted once again the danger that firearms pose to society; put simply, guns ruin lives.”
Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, the Jamaican High Commissioner who met Shereka on an official visit just last week, said: “Her death has resonated with me as I can still vividly recall her accompanying me around the school during my recent visit to Hackney.
“She spoke clearly and confidently about her plans for the future. I am saddened that we have been denied the opportunity to see her fulfill her dreams. I know she would have excelled.”
A 15-year-old boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, will appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court tomorrow charged with her murder.
A gun was recovered from the scene and Scotland Yard have confirmed they are continuing inquiries.