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Memorial for murdered schoolboy
Memorial sculpture - photo courtesy of M.E.N
The iron sculpture in the school grounds depicts Joe riding his bike
A sculpture has been installed at a school in Greater Manchester in memory of a murdered pupil.

The iron artwork of a boy riding a bicycle has been erected in the grounds of St Gabriel's RC High in Bury as a permanent memorial to Joe Geeling.

The 11-year-old was lured to his death in March by fellow pupil Michael Hamer.

The blue and red sculpture - designed by a parent at the school - stands over 5ft (1.52m) tall in a garden bed next to a plaque in memory of the youngster.

After being battered and stabbed, Joe's body was transported in a wheelie bin and dumped in a ditch at Whitehead Park, Elton.

Joe's father, Tom Geeling, said: "The sculpture was positioned near a playground so Joe's friends play near it on breaks.

Joe Geeling
Joe was lured back to Hamer's home and repeatedly stabbed

"The idea is that it depicts Joe riding his bike, which he loved.

"It is very impressive and is a fine tribute to Joe."

Hamer, 15, was jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years in October.

The sentence is being referred to the Court of Appeal on the grounds of undue leniency.

The Joe Geeling Trust - set up in memory of the Cystic Fibrosis sufferer - has so far raised 20,000 for Manchester's Booth Hall Children's Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.




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