Mourners told ‘think about actions’ at funeral of stabbed Joel Adesina, 15

PUBLISHED: 12:17 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:46 11 February 2015

The procession from the Salvation Army church to Rippleside Cemetery

The procession from the Salvation Army church to Rippleside Cemetery


A youth club leader told mourners to think about the consequences of their actions at the funeral of their 15-year-old friend who was stabbed to death.

Mourners follow the coffin to Rippleside CemeteryMourners follow the coffin to Rippleside Cemetery

Promising footballer Joel Adesina, who was tragically killed in December, was laid to rest on Friday at a funeral funded by donations from wellwishers.

So many people wanted to pay their respects that the Salvation Army Church in Barking was unable to accommodate them all, and an overflow hall was opened to stop the 150-strong crowd being left out in the cold.

Mourners at the funeral of 15-year-old Joel AdesinaMourners at the funeral of 15-year-old Joel Adesina

During the service, youth club leader Mary Mensah-Shofolahan said: “I beg you to think about the consequences before you take actions that might cost you or someone else their life. If Joel could speak now, he would tell you your youth is an asset. He would tell you not to waste your time.”

She described Joel, of Dronfield Gardens, Dagenham, as a respectful, gentle, easygoing and popular boy, who “always had this endearing smile on his face”.

Mourners walk to Rippleside cemeteryMourners walk to Rippleside cemetery

Four of Joel’s friends from Eastbury School also gave a reading at the service, while football coach Ricky Downes admitted to mourners that, for once, he was lost for words. He described how Joel was a talented player who always gave his all, and read out tributes from people who had donated towards the cost of the funeral despite never meeting him.

Following the service, Joel’s mum, Felicia, and sister, Anne, led a procession to Rippleside Cemetery where he was laid to rest.

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