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Stormzy joins mourners at vigil for Croydon stab victim Elianne Andam

Stormzy joins people attending a vigil outside the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon (Yui Mok/PA)
Stormzy joins people attending a vigil outside the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon (Yui Mok/PA)

Rapper Stormzy joined thousands of mourners at a candle-lit vigil for 15-year-old stabbing victim Elianne Andam in Croydon.

Wearing white, attendees gathered outside Whitgift Shopping Centre on Wednesday to pay respects to the teenager, who was stabbed at the same spot a week ago.

Stormzy, real name Michael Omari Owuo Jr, stood silently beside her family as they led mourners in prayer.

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People attend the vigil outside the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon (Yui Mok/PA)

A choir also sang Amazing Grace, with mourners joining in.

Elianne’s mother, Dorcas Andam, paid tribute to her “smart, charismatic” daughter, who “loved living life to the fullest”.

“She brought joy to so many, including her friendship group,” Ms Andam said.

“She was an amazing, beautiful, girl.

“She loved and touched lives around her.”

She said that she cannot believe that her daughter is gone.

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The vigil outside the Whitgift shopping centre for Elianne Andam (Yui Mok/PA)

Ms Andam said: “I can’t believe we won’t be seeing her anymore. I can’t believe she won’t be there to complain about her teenage activities.

“We should be planning her prom after year 11. She wanted to be a lawyer, and had so much to live for.

She said her daughter was “just a normal teenager”.

She added: “It was a sad day for the whole family, now we are planning her funeral.”

On the morning that she was fatally attacked, Elianne met with two female friends before travelling to the shopping centre.

It is claimed her attacker, wearing a mask and gloves, had removed a large knife from his waistband and stabbed Elianne repeatedly.

As he fled the scene, others attempted to administer first aid but Elianne could not be saved.

Multiple stab wounds were identified in a special post-mortem examination.

The alleged killer, a 17-year-old boy, was arrested in New Addington at 9.45am the same day.

He will face a murder trial on April 29 of next year.