Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Abigail Would Have Been Such a Beautiful Young Woman; Murdered Schoolgirl Should Have Celebrated Her 18th Birthday Tomorrow

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Abigail Would Have Been Such a Beautiful Young Woman; Murdered Schoolgirl Should Have Celebrated Her 18th Birthday Tomorrow

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON

HER 18th birthday should have been a day filled with happiness, but for the grieving family of murdered Abigail Crampton it will be surrounded by sorrow.

Devastated grandmother Tunde Sobo has told of her heartache as she prepares to mark what would have been Abigail's landmark birthday tomorrow. Abigail would have been planning on going to university and making plans for the future as she dreamed of becoming a lawyer.

Today, Tunde told how she will spend tomorrow thinking of Abigail and what a beautiful young woman she would have turned into.

"She always wanted to be a lawyer and help people," said Tunde. "It would have been her 18th birthday but that will never happen. She was taken away by that lowlife person and her 18th was taken from her." It is almost six years since Tunde's son, daughter and two grandchildren were massacred by a knifeman in her home.

The children's father, Neil Crampton, 40, was jailed for at least 35 years after being convicted of the murders, which stunned the nation.

To help Tunde get through her pain, each day she looks at pictures of her family which adorn the walls in her house.

Tunde, 79, added: "Abigail's picture that stands at the top of the stairs shows her with a beaming smile. A big smile, showing how happy she was.

"She would have celebrated her birthday with family. She was an at-home person and loved to be around her family, and she probably would have gone out with friends.

"When Sunday comes it will be difficult not to get upset. I look happy on the outside but on the inside I'm hurting.

"I'm sure Abigail will be looking down on on us, but at least I know she is at peace."

It was on November 14, 2006, when Tunde returned from holiday to discover her loved ones had been killed in her home. They were stabbed more than 300 times in all. …

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