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School friend pays moving tribute to Shafilea Ahmed
1:40pm Friday 3rd August 2012 in News
THE school friend of Shafilea Ahmed paid a moving tribute outside court after the verdict came in today.
Melissa Powner, who went to Great Sankey High School with Shafilea, said: “We have waited for this day for many years. We have watched as her killers roamed free.
“Yet today we heard those important words, words that have finally brought our friend the justice that she deserves.
“Shafilea was a caring, high-spirited and brave young lady who, even in her toughest times, always strived to remain positive and hopeful that she too would one day be able to live the peaceful and happy life she deserved.
“Shafilea was an amazing friend who no matter what her situation was would always strive to look out for others.
“We would cry together, laugh together and even on the odd occasion sit rushing some last minute homework before the next period, although that wasn’t very often as she would complete hers on time.
“Shafilea had a great sense of humour, a fun personality and a great smile and although a cliched saying, she really could light up a room with her presence.
“I believe I speak for many when I say she is, and always will be, sadly missed.
“Shafilea was an extremely intelligent young lady who we have no doubt would have accomplished her personal ambitions of becoming a lawyer.
“Yet this opportunity was unfairly snatched away from her.
“If there is one thing we pray will come from this is that her beautiful face and tragic story will inspire others to seek help to make them realise that this kind of vile treatment – no matter what culture or background someone is from – is not acceptable and there is a way out.”
Jo Morgan, head teacher of Great Sankey High School, where Shafilea was a pupil, said: “My colleagues who taught and knew Shafilea tell me that she was a vibrant member of the school who had many friends and a great future ahead of her.
"The trial has been a difficult time for the school and wider Great Sankey community. This tragedy has affected us all in many different ways.”