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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK
Tribute to race stabbing victim
Christopher Alaneme at the age of 14 in 2002
Christopher was found stabbed after police were called to a disturbance
The girlfriend of a teenager stabbed to death in a racially motivated attack has paid tribute him as a "kind and friendly" person people looked up to.

Christopher Alaneme, 18, also known as Christian Roberts, was attacked in Sheerness High Street on Friday night.

Cellie Inns, 16, said she was told in a text from a friend that he had died in the early hours of Saturday.

"I didn't believe it - I thought they were winding me up," she said. "It is just horrible. It shouldn't happen."

Cellie Inns spoke to the BBC near the scene where Mr Alaneme was attacked.

'Racial motivation'

She said Chris, as he was known to his friends, was a kind and friendly person whom everybody looked up to.

"Everybody really loved him," she said.

Police say Mr Alaneme, who was black, was racially abused before the attack.

"After speaking to witnesses, we believe there were words said prior to the incident that suggest racial motivation was a factor," said Supt Steve Corbishley.

Cellie Inns (right) and a friend
Cellie Inns (right), with a friend, said it was a "horrible" attack

A 29-year-old white man, who was also stabbed, is stable in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A man arrested shortly after the attack has been given police bail pending further inquiries.

Officers are continuing to question a second man, who was arrested in the Maidstone area on Sunday evening.

Police are still looking for three white men in connection with the incident who are described as being aged between 18 and 25 and are thought to have connections with the London area.

One is said to be of medium to stocky build, about 5ft 10in (1.77m) tall, with short, dark hair that is gelled forward.

Police 'confident'

The second is described as stocky, up to 6ft (1.8m) tall, with very short cropped dark hair and a tattoo on the inside of his right forearm from wrist to elbow.

The third is slim, about 6ft (1.8m), with "chiselled" features and short mousy or ginger hair and sideburns.

Police have agreed not to release the identity of the second stab victim.

Kent Chief Constable Mike Fuller was due to visit the scene of the attack on Wednesday afternoon.

He said community officers were working closely with people in the area and were liaising with ethnic support groups.

"Kent Police treats all race and hate crime extremely seriously and we are confident we will catch the people who are responsible for these stabbings," he said.


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