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Mother visits death fall building

Naima Abdain, 40 (second right), mother of Ahmed Benyermak, 16, from Hackney, who fell to his death from a tower block, is supported by friends and family as she visits the scene of her son's death
Ahmed was described as a wonderful boy

The mother of a 16-year-old boy who fell from a 13-storey block of flats has visited the scene of his death.

Ahmed Benyermak is believed to have been fleeing from a group of youths when he fell from the seventh floor of the building in Hackney, east London.

His mother Naima Abdain, 40, said: "I can't look up, I can't look up," as she read tributes at the base of the block.

Police said he lost his grip descending the outside of the tower. They consider the death to be an unlawful killing.

Investigators believe Ahmed feared he would be stabbed when a gang of six youths, described as black males, started pursuing him and a group of friends on Wednesday.

Det Ch Insp Ian Stevenson said: "When he got to the seventh floor, his progress was stopped by a grille.

Ahmed Benyermak
It is particularly sad that his now lifeless body lies in a mortuary in the very same street where he was due to begin this new chapter in his life
Benyermak family statement

"He has cried out for help, lost his grip and fallen to his death."

Ahmed died at the foot of the building in Paragon Road from a ruptured aorta, a post-mortem examination revealed.

The teenager, whose family is of Moroccan origin, was one of four children.

He had been due to get his GCSE results on Thursday and start studying mechanics next month at Tower Hamlets College.

On Friday, Ahmed's aunt Mina Benyermak, 47, said the teenager's mother was too distraught to speak.

Ms Benyermak said: "If we knew how it happened we could relax and feel we could leave him in peace."

She described her nephew as "a wonderful boy", adding: "He was very quiet and friendly with everyone, with the family, friends and neighbours.

"We will always see him as he was, not how he is now."

Ms Benyermak concluded: "We just to want to stop it happening to another person."

In a statement released by police, Ahmed's family said: "His 17th birthday would have been on 1 September and this was the day he was due to enrol on a mechanical engineering course at Tower Hamlets College.

Block of flats from where Ahmed fell
Police are treating the death as an unlawful killing

"It is particularly sad that his now lifeless body lies in a mortuary in the very same street where he was due to begin this new chapter in his life."

Det Ch Insp Stevenson said Ahmed's death was being treated as unlawful killing.

There was no evidence that Ahmed's fingers were stamped on or that he was thrown from the building, he added.

"There may be gang tensions on the estate but Ahmed was not known to be a gang member or involved in crime," Mr Stevenson said.

He said the youths went to the block of flats "for a specific purpose".

"I do not know what that was, but certainly Ahmed and his group were sufficiently put on guard to decide to leave."

A bicycle left at the scene by the gang is being examined, along with CCTV footage from cameras in nearby streets.


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