Funeral for teen stabbing victim
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An emotional memorial service was held today for Charlie Kutyauripo, the 16-year-old killed in Woodford Bridge on January 9.
Charlie was attending a friend’s birthday party in Ashton Playing Fields, Chigwell Road, when he was stabbed to death outside.
A 16-year-old male has been charged with murder and is awaiting trial.
Today family and friends finally held a funeral for Charlie at All Saints Church, in Ardleigh Green.
Traditional songs from Zimbabwe, the Kutyauripo’s native country, were sung and relatives also danced.
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The former King Solomon High School pupil was then laid to rest in Corbett Tey Cemetery, Upminster, after.
Charlie’s elder brother Dennis gave a speech at the service, and told the Recorder he wanted to thank “everybody for coming out to support us”.
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The 21-year-old from Collier Row Lane, Collier Row, said: “I thank God for having so much support around.
“I’m always going to remember Charlie as a kind person, he was always there for me.”
Dennis explained he was “at peace” in his heart as he knew Charlie was at peace to.
He added: “I’m not going to have that person around to talk to anymore.”