The family of Shereka Ann-Fab Marsh, the 15 year old girl fatally wounded on Saturday, have released a statement saying that the teenager “was not involved in gangs or violence” and any suggestion that she had links to gangs was “hurtful”.
The statement released through local MP Meg Hillier described Marsh as “a lovely typical, bubbly, outgoing teenager with lots of friends”, and a “responsible, hard working young woman with so much to look forward to”.
The Urswick School student was shot dead just days after she welcomed the Jamaican High Commissioner Aloun Ndombet-Assamba and other dignitaries to the secondary school in Hackney.
In a statement, the High Commissioner 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 fulfil her dreams.”
Hackney councillor Patrick Vernon tweeted: “I remember speaking to her she had big plans for the future. What a waste of talent & life!! We must stop this!”
A Facebook memorial page has been created for family and friends to pay tributes to the teenager.
Facebook friend Shayma Cheekz said: “Rest in peace babe. We miss you already we can’t believe we lost you you’re such a beautiful, decent girl in our life. You’re one of us and now you left us! God has a beautiful decent angel with him. We love you Shereka, we love you God please respect her and take her to paradise were she belongs. I can’t stop crying rest in peace Shereka.”
Another Facebook commenter Wavey Don Jay said: “Shereka you meant so much to so many. You were so important to people not just your family. You were a beacon of happiness and a lighthouse of joy. You may be with god now but you’re always in our hearts. Your perfection will be eternally echoing through or minds. You were amazing.”
A post-mortem examination found that Marsh died from a single gunshot wound to the neck. A teenage boy appeared at Stratford Magistrates Court yesterday in connection with the case; he remains in custody and will appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court tomorrow.