Donations pour in to pay for funeral of stabbed Dagenham teen, 15
PUBLISHED: 18:08 02 February 2015 | UPDATED: 19:04 02 February 2015
About £2,400 has been raised to help pay for a funeral for a Dagenham schoolboy who was stabbed to death in December.
An online donation page set up by football coach Ricky Downes to give his star winger Joel Adesina a proper send-off has raised almost half of its £5,800 target in just seven days.
Joel, 15, was murdered in an alley off Bethnal Green Road on December 5, leaving his mother feeling like “her entire world has collapsed”, according to Ricky, who coaches the Bardag Yellows under 16s team.
“Joel had a very close relationship with his mum,” he said. “He always had time to give her a cuddle when he thought she was feeling down and as he was getting older he was trying to look after her more and more as she is a single parent.”
Ricky hopes to raise enough money to pay for Joel’s funeral by mid-February. The funeral, which had been delayed while the coroner assessed the body, will take place at the Salvation Army in Ripple Road, Barking, at 11am on Friday.
Last week, police re-bailed a 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of Joel’s murder to a date in April. He is one of six people, including four men and two women, to remain on bail after being arrested.
George Phillips, 20, of Pitfield Street, Hoxton, has been charged with Joel’s murder. He will next appear in court on March 6.
To make a donation to the funeral fund, visit gofundme.com/joeladesina
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