Toyosi's family ask for help with funeral costs
Published 15/04/2010 | 05:00
THE family of a schoolboy stab victim have launched an appeal for funds to cover the costs of his death.
A special bank account has been established to raise money for the parents and family of 15-year-old Toyosi Shittabey.
The soccer enthusiast died just a few hundred feet from his home in Tyrrelstown, west Dublin, almost two weeks ago as a result of stab wounds he suffered during an altercation.
There were emotionally charged scenes at his traditional Muslim funeral last week attended by some 500 mourners.
Now his parents Bola and Segun are concerned at how they will pay the funeral costs.
Toyosi's cousin, Abisoye Shittabey, last night said they did not yet know how much money would be needed to cover the price of the funeral, along with anticipated legal costs they may have in the future.
"People are supporting us in different ways but people were saying that some people might want to support financially," she said. "It is for whatever people will be able to afford."
The family has also started an appeal on Facebook.
Local community activist Ignatius Okafor said any money that remained after six months would go to local schemes.
Two brothers, Paul Barry (38) and Michael (23) of Pigeonhouse Road, Ringsend, Dublin, have been charged in connection with his death.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so through The Toyosi Shittabey Fund, Permanent TSB, Tyrrelstown, account no 17006378 and sort code 990672.