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10 year old who died in river was a 'quiet Christian who read the Bible'

by Donna Birrell

The family of a ten year old boy who died in a river earlier this week say he was a Christian who often read the Bible.

Shadrack Appiah got into trouble in the Kennet River in Waterloo Meadows in Reading on Monday afternoon.

Emergency services pulled him from the river but couldn't save him.

Shadrack's family say he was "a quiet person and a Christian who often read the Bible. He loved football and wanted to be a pilot when he grew up. He loved his sisters Natalie and Nicole and they loved him. We will all miss him very much."

Det Insp Hayley Burns from Thames Valley Police said: "This is an absolute tragedy in which a young boy has died after getting into difficulty in the water.

"His next of kin have been notified and are being offered support at this extremely difficult and traumatic time.

"My thoughts, and the thoughts of all of us at Thames Valley Police are with Shadrack's family and his friends, and we would ask that their privacy is respected."

Thames Valley Police are treating Shadrack's death as unexplained but not suspicious.

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