Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Guns Are Not Toys, Says Mother of Girl Shot Dead Delivering Birthday Presents

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Guns Are Not Toys, Says Mother of Girl Shot Dead Delivering Birthday Presents

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Byline: Matt Watts

THE DEVASTATED mother of a schoolgirl shot dead by her friend in a tragic accident today warned young Londoners to steer clear of gangs, saying: "Guns are not toys."

Star pupil Shereka Marsh, 15, was killed by a single bullet as she was delivering 15th birthday presents to the boy at his home in Hackney in March.

Her mother Shyrine Mills spoke out after the teenager, who cannot be named, was found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

He had claimed the loaded replica Beretta had gone off accidentally as he showed it off in his bedroom.

He had been hiding the "hot" weapon for an unknown criminal after it was used in a gangland shooting in Finsbury Park.

Shereka bled to death after collapsing on his bed after the bullet passed through her wrist and into her neck.

Ms Mills said: "Shereka's life was tragically cut short because of the negligent actions by one of her peers who took it upon himself to involve himself in activities that no child should ever be involved with.

"Guns are not toys and should only be handled by trained professionals in extreme circumstances."

She described how she had been "paralysed by grief and pain" since the death of her daughter: "I keep asking 'why Shereka?' She had so much to live for, so much unfulfilled promise, so many talents, so much humanity and compassion to share.

"I would give anything to trade places with Shereka, to take away the anxiety and pain she suffered that day. For the rest of my life, I will feel the guilt that I wasn't there when she needed me most.

"Shereka was a trusting individual and she was very smart. It is my belief that she wouldn't have put herself in harm's way if she knew that she might get shot and killed that day.

"I will never see my baby as a blushing bride, a mother or a productive member of society. …

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