A teenager has been charged with the murder of 15-year-old Elianne Andam who was stabbed to death in Croydon, south London.
The Metropolitan Police said the teenager, 17, would appear in court on Friday over the death of Elianne who was was wounded in the neck on Wednesday morning.
Her family visited the scene where she died in Wellesley Road on Thursday evening as crowds gathered outside the police cordon and prayers were said.
The youth, who is also charged with possessing a knife, will appear at youth court sitting at Croydon Magistrates’ Court.
Elianne’s family visited the scene where she died in Wellesley Road on Thursday evening as crowds gathered outside the police cordon and prayers were said.
A large group of relatives could be seen next to a bus stop, inside the cordon, where Elianne died.
Some put their arms around each other as flowers were put on the ground.
A statement was read out by a church leader on behalf of the family at the edge of the crime scene.
The statement, which was read out while family members cried and consoled each other, said: “We as a family are struggling to comprehend this painful tragedy that has happened to our beautiful daughter and beloved sister Elianne. Our hearts are broken.
“And we are overwhelmed by sorrow and grief. Our faith in the Lord is strengthening us.
“We would like to express our gratitude to those who have taken the time to send us thoughtful and compassionate messages and prayers.
“We kindly ask for your consideration to also respect our need for privacy as we attempt to come to grips with our deeply devastating loss.
“Elianne was a beautiful person inside and out who loved Jesus. She was intelligent, thoughtful, kind and had a bright future ahead. It is our request that you keep our cherished daughter Elianne and our family, in your thoughts and prayers.”
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