Family pays tribute to 16-year-old Joseph Chamberlain College student Sidali who died after stabbing
Written by Tristan Harris on February 19, 2019
THE FAMILY of the Joseph Chamberlain College student who died after a stabbing have paid tribute to him and called on young people to be aware of the consequences of knife crime.
Sidali Mohammed, 16, from Bordesley Green, was stabbed during a disturbance last Wednesday afternoon and died on Friday night.
Another boy, also 16, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday charged with attempted murder. He has been remanded in custody ahead of a hearing on March 18.
The family of Sidali, who is originally from Somalia, described him as ‘an honourable young man who strived to do his best’.
“He was a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew and an amazing friend.
“He had many ambitions and goals which he desired to achieve.”
Sidali was studying his A-levels and aspired to become an accountant.
His family added: “Sidali shared his goals continuously with his father, who supported him endlessly, as they were best of friends.
“This aspiration was fuelled by his family who came from poverty, as they fled from a war torn country when he was just a toddler.
“His determination, thirst and enthusiasm has allowed him to be a role model for many of his peers, family and community.
“He has built a strong foundation for his family to grow upon.
“He was loved by many and we are saddened to have lost an angelic soul in such a tragic way.
“I hope this is a lesson for young people who don’t understand the consequences of knife crime.”
They said Sidali would always remain in their hearts and his legacy would live on and they thanked everyone for all the love and support shown to them during this sad time.
College principal Tony Day said: “The whole college community is devastated and shocked by the tragic loss of our student, Sidali.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.
“Sidali was a wonderful young man, who was extremely popular with his peers and teachers.
“He was doing well on his science course at college and had a really bright future ahead of him.
“We will be doing everything we can to support his family and all of those affected by this very sad incident.”
A 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released on bail.
Officers are still keen to speak to any witnesses to the disturbance.
Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.