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Family and pals mark Toyosi's birthday

FAMILY and friends of tragic teen Toyosi Shittabey held a poignant graveside gathering to mark what should have been his 16th birthday.

Toyosi, of The Boulevard, Mount Eustace, Tyrrelstown, who was a third-year student at Hartstown Community School, was on his way back from the National Aquatic Centre with friends on the night of April 2 when the stabbing took place.

There was a huge outcry in the Tyrrelstown community following the incident and a crowd of 500 mourners attended his funeral.

Bola Shittabey, Toyosi's mother, described Monday's birthday meeting at Newcastle Cemetery as one of the most poignant moments of her life.

"Family and friends gathered at his grave in Newcastle for his birthday on Monday to pray and to say happy birthday," she told the Herald.

"It was one of the saddest days of my life, it should have been a day of celebration."

Two men have been charged in relation to his death. Paul Barry (38) is accused of the unlawful killing of Toyosi and has been remanded on bail. Paul Barry's brother, Michael (23), will also appear in court at the end of July. He is alleged to have produced a hockey stick during the incident.