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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 20:54 GMT 21:54 UK
Youth charged over girl shooting
Kamilah Peniston
Kamilah Peniston died the day after the shooting
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a 12-year-old schoolgirl shot dead in Greater Manchester.

Kamilah Peniston was shot in the head shortly after 1930 BST at a house on Wembley Road, Gorton, on Monday night. She died in hospital the next day.

Police said a handgun was recovered from the address.

The teenager is charged with murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition and will appear before Manchester City Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

'Stunning girl'

Tributes have been paid to the "brilliant and beautiful" schoolgirl.

Kamilah's head teacher at St Thomas Aquinas High School, Ed Wylie, said she was a "wonderful girl and model pupil".

"She was very bright, very studious and very caring"

The youngster, described by neighbours as a "stunning girl", died at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Girl laying tributes to Kamilah
One tribute read "Rest in peace, you are a star always"

Kamilah was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary for treatment before being transferred to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Pendlebury.

She died on Tuesday morning.

Posies of flowers, teddy bears and sympathy cards rested against a hedge at the end of Wembley Road, the terrace street where Kamilah lived.

She was a brilliant, beautiful little girl. Everyone is just in shock and total disbelief
Tanisha McKray, neighbour

One message read: "To Kamilah, my best friend. I will always be thinking about you. You will always be in my heart". Another: "Rest in peace Kamilah. You are a star always. Safe in God's arms".

Neighbour Tanisha McKray, 28, said: "She was a brilliant, beautiful little girl. Everyone is just in shock and total disbelief."

She added: "She was a beautiful girl, both inside and out and she was stunning to look at. They were a really close family. She had a real heart of gold. She will be terribly missed."

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