(STN-MUQDISHO):_ The family of a teenager missing for eight months before his body was found in an attic today told of their agony.
Abdi Ali, 17, vanished from his family home hours after his sister’s wedding on December 11 last year.
Police were alerted and his family made desperate appeals for information before, on August 27, his body was found in the loft of a property less than a mile away after a tip-off to officers. He had suffered blunt force and stab injuries.
Abdi’s older sister Kowsar described her family’s anxious wait as “torture”. She said: “My last memory of him is in a suit at his sister’s wedding. He was so happy. I had no idea we were all together for the last time. We were praying every night just to hear his voice again.” The former pupil at Oasis Academy Enfield had moved to London from Somalia with his seven siblings 10 years ago.
He loved playing football with younger brother Hamid, 16, outside his home in Enfield Island Village. He had dropped out of college shortly before going missing. Kowsar added: “We knew something was wrong straight away but the police didn’t take it seriously enough.
“They kept moving the case on to other officers then telling us they’d gone on holiday. We didn’t want to hear that as a family. We feared the worst but did not expect him to be killed in that violent way. He was just 17 and we want to know why. He never said he was in danger, he loved life, he was a happy person.” Abdi’s body was found after officers raided a home in nearby Hartmoor Mews.
A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head and stab wounds to the chest. His family, including five sisters and two brothers, described the “torturous” wait to identify the body. Kowsar added: “The police came to the door on Monday and said they had found a body similar to Abdi, he was 18 and Somalian but they couldn’t be sure. We couldn’t sleep. It was Saturday before we found out.
“Our mother can’t take it in. His brothers cry every day.” Brother Ahmed paid tribute on a gofundme page for his funeral which has raised over £3,000: “Abdi was a kind-hearted, respectful boy who always made sure other people were happy. A true light has been taken away.” Scotland Yard said: “The Met’s Specialist Crime Review Group will conduct a review, as is usual where someone re-ported missing is found deceased.” The gofundme page is at tiny.cc/abdiali
Gary Hopkins, 36, and Stacey Do-charty, 28, will appear at the Old Bailey on November 23 on charges of murder, perverting the course of justice and preventing lawful burial.