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Classmates mourn knife victim Shaquille

PUBLISHED: 17:43 08 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:36 05 October 2010

Memorial at St John Cash School, Stepney Green, for the death of Saquille Maitland-Smith, who was stabb to death last week in Hackney, East London. September 3, 2008

Memorial at St John Cash School, Stepney Green, for the death of Saquille Maitland-Smith, who was stabb to death last week in Hackney, East London. September 3, 2008

Carmen Valino

CLASSMATES of knifed teenager Shaquille Smith mourned the tragic death of the popular and “enthusiastic sports person” in East London. Pupils wept as head teacher Haydn Evans led them in prayer at Stepney’s Sir John Cass’ Foundation & Redcoat School, where 14-year-old Shaquille was about to start Year 10, in a memorial assembly for the teenager who died on August 31

Victoria Huntley

CLASSMATES of knifed teenager Shaquille Smith mourned the tragic death of the popular and “enthusiastic sports person” in East London.

Pupils wept as head teacher Haydn Evans led them in prayer at Stepney’s Sir John Cass’ Foundation & Redcoat School, where 14-year-old Shaquille was about to start Year 10, in a memorial assembly for the teenager who died on August 31.

Shaquille died from a single stab wound to his stomach near his home in St Thomas’s Place, South Hackney, when he was attacked by a gang of youths the previous evening at 11.45pm.

His 16-year-old sister Tahirah was slashed across the face.

Shaquille had been due to go back to school last week to start his GCSE studies. He was the 25th teenager to die in attacks in London this year.

Friends and schoolmates of Shaquille signed a book of condolence in the school’s reception and remembered the young football fan in prayer.

Mr Evans told the assembly: “This is a tragedy for Shaquille’s family. It is also a tragedy for the school community.

“Some of us are more expressive than others and we will be affected differently.

“However, each and every single one of us is affected by this very tragic incident which is why we will be able to, sensitively, support each other at this very difficult time.”

He invited pupils to sign the book which he said would be available for the foreseeable future.

Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command returned to the scene on Saturday, one week on. They distributed leaflets from 10.30pm appealing for witnesses.

Five teenagers have since been charged with Shaquille’s murder.

Two appeared before Thames magistrates on Friday. They were Godiowe Dufeal, 19, from Well Street in South Hackney, and a 16-year-old who cannot be named. Both were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on October 3.

Three others subsequently charged in connection with Shaquille’s death were due before Thames magistrates today (Monday).

They were George Amponsah, 18, from Greenwood Road in Hackney, and a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old also from Hackney.

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