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'I've lost an angel' mum's tribute to churchgoing Brit killed in Jamaica

by Press Association

Stefika Smith, 17, was reportedly found with a single stab wound to the throat in rural May Pen, in the island's south, two days after she disappeared on May 10.

She was just two weeks away from her 18th birthday when she was killed.

Stefika, who grew up in Thornton Heath, south London, had been taken to live in the Caribbean in the summer of 2016 by her parents, Pauline, 54, and Morris, 56, who were both born in Jamaica.

Pauline told the Sunday People: "I've lost an angel. There was a lot of knife crime in London and I wanted to take Stefika away from those dangers.

"We wanted to her to have the same idyllic life my husband and I had growing up in Jamaica. But wicked people put an end to that.

"My beautiful sweet daughter left what we saw as a knife threat but became a stabbing victim herself where we took her to be safer. I still cannot take it in."

Stefika was a pupil at Norbury Manor Business Enterprise College for Girls and sang at the gospel choir of the New Testament Church of God in Brixton before moving to Jamaica for a new life, according to the paper.

Her family, who hoped she might return to the UK to go to university, said they are now fighting to bring Stefika's killer to justice, but no charges have been brought.

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