Girl, 15, stabbed in neck by boy with flowers on bus to school pictured

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    The 15-year-old girl who was tragically stabbed to death in Croydon yesterday (Wednesday, September 27) has been named and pictured locally for the first time.

    Eliyanna Andam was attacked at 8.30am while on the number 60 bus on her way to school.

    A 17-year-old boy who knew Eliyanna was arrested just over an hour after the attack.

    Today (Thursday, September 28) Eliyanna's aunt Marian spoke of her family’s "heartbreak" at the tragic death. She told The Mirror: "This is a tragedy. It hasn’t sunk in yet for my sister. She wanted to be a lawyer. She went to a private school and had a great future ahead of her. My sister paid for her education.

    “She was a lovely girl, loved gymnastics. She loved doing her hair. We are all devastated by this. We are a big family and we are all here for my sister.

    “We are planning on putting out a further statement later. We can’t comprehend the heartbreak of last 24 hours. She went to school and didn’t come home.”

    Eliyanna was a pupil at Old Palace of John Whitgift School, a private girls’ school in Croydon. She was less than a mile away from the school gates when she was killed.

    The school said in a statement: "We are deeply shocked by the senseless and tragic death of our much-loved and valued friend and pupil.

    "It will take some time for the Old Palace community to come to terms with this terrible news, and we will offer support to our pupils as we try to do so.

    "Above all, we send our love and deepest sympathies to the girl’s family at this unimaginably distressing time."

    A bus driver and passers-by battled to save Eliyanna but she tragically died at the scene just minutes after the attack. Witnesses said a row erupted on the bus after the boy tried to give a bouquet of flowers to his former girlfriend.

    Heart-breaking tributes have been left at the scene on Wellesley Road. One note read: "Sorry we live in this crazy world this makes no sense. Fly high up there my mummy will look after you. RIP beautiful, forever young, taken too soon. Thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends, God bless."

    Another said: "Rest in peace little princess. So sad your life is taken away at your prime you have touched my soul."

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley visited the scene and said: "The senseless murder of a 15-year-old girl on her way to school is impossible to comprehend.

    "It was moving and humbling to meet many members of the exceptional Croydon community who have come together in support of a family now dealing with the most unimaginable grief."

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