Memorial for murdered student
A Bermudian teenager stabbed to death in England was honoured by his family in his favourite park at the weekend.
Mother Keishaye Steede, 35, who lives in Bulwell, Nottingham, and other family members went to Vernon Park in Old Basford, Nottinghamshire, on Saturday to release red balloons to remember 17-year-old student Lyrico Steede and “to touch the ground where he used to be”.
The memorial took place as police revealed more people may have been involved in the attack on February 13 than the three teenagers charged with his murder.
Detective Inspector Becky Hodgman, of East Midlands Police Special Operations Unit, said officers had not ruled out more people being involved and appealed for witnesses.
Lyrico, known as Rico, suffered multiple stab wounds after he was chased and attacked by a group of people in Bulwell and died in hospital six days later.
Ms Steede relived her horror when officers told her son had been attacked.
She said: “I found out when the police knocked on my door, it was horrible. Everything was a blur. It was just like a dream. My brain started burning immediately but I had to keep my composure.
“In hospital, his pupils were dilated. They stuck tubes in him but he wasn’t responding.”
She added: “I thought he was going to wake up. I was never angry. I was just focused on him waking.
“I just wanted him to hear my voice and feel my touch every step of the way.”
Ms Steede said: “I just want him to be remembered how he was. I didn’t want people to see him in hospital even though he just looked peaceful.”
She added: “I’m just upset he could not live and become a man.”
Lyrico’s older sister, Lyric, 20, said: “The last few weeks have been horrible. He was not a troublemaker, he did not deserve this at all.
“He was an amazing person. He loved boxing, music and his family and he always stuck up for the people he loved.”
Lyrico, a college student in the Nottingham area, moved to England when he was 12 to stay with family. A family GoFundMe site set up to raise funds to bring Lyrico home for burial said he had moved to be with Lyric and his father, Jermaine.
His mother joined the family in Britain later.
Kesharn Campbell, 19, and two 17-year-olds who cannot be named for legal reasons, are expected to be tried for Lyrico’s murder on October 2.
A 17-year-old girl, who also cannot be named, has been charged with assisting an offender and is expected to appear at Nottingham Youth Court on April 3.
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