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Vigil held to honour murdered British girl

2013-01-22 22:27:49

Hundreds of people gathered earlier this evening (Jan 22) for a candlelight vigil to honour the memory of murdered British schoolgirl Imani Green.

She was shot dead by a gunman while on holiday in Trelawny, Jamaica on January 11.

They sang songs and paid tribute to Imani, who had arrived on the island on December 27 and due to return to the UK with her family at the end of January.

She had been given special permission for an extended holiday because she had Sickle Cell and a warmer climate could help.

Among those who came to the New Testament Assembly in Tooting, south London were students from the nearby Fircroft Primary School, schoolmates of the eight-year-old.

They lit candles and students from Imani's class, 3H, wrote a poem which was read out by the headteacher, Anne Wilson.

"So sweet and kind. Our thoughts of you will never go away," it read. "We will miss you each and every day."

A close friend of Imani's mother, Alison told Voice : "Imani was a very bubbly, very bright and confident girl who had a beautiful spirt like her mother Donna."

This was reiterated by Imani's headteacher, who said:"She was a school councillor which means her class mate had elected her. She was a happy, playful, sunny girl who was held in high regards by her friends and staff. "

Earlier this month, Imani's paternal grandmother, Sandra Fisher, told the Gleaneralso paid tribute to the little girl. "She is such a pleasant child,” Fisher said.

Eight people have since been arrested and taken in for questioning over her murder.

In addition, Jamaica's national security minister said Imani's murder will be investigated 'at the highest level' and has blamed a dispute a rising from a "lottery scam" for her death.

The security minister said the lottery scam is responsible for more than a 100 deaths across the island.

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