Thursday 8 December 2016

Shane Hickey: We are neither white nor black. We are one of a kind. One race'

Shane Hickey

Published 06/04/2010 | 05:00

A candlelit tribute to tragic teen Toyosi Shittabey at Hartstown community school in west Dublin yesterday
A candlelit tribute to tragic teen Toyosi Shittabey at Hartstown community school in west Dublin yesterday

'We are neither white nor are we black. We are one of a kind. One man. One woman. One race." The poignancy of the simple poem written by a schoolmate of Toyosi Shittabey was not lost on the constant stream of teenagers who filed into Hartstown community school yesterday.

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Slowly they shuffled into the entrance of the building where the 15-year-old stab victim was a student, and slowly too, one by one, they lit candles on a makeshift shrine under the poster -- many weeping when they saw the class picture of their friend in his blue uniform.

Yesterday marked yet another day of mourning for the west Dublin community of Tyrrelstown following the death of 'Toy' on Friday evening after an altercation just a few hundred metres from his home.

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