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Local church supports grieving family of stabbed teenager


St Margaret's Church in Leeds was open all day on Wednesday for prayer in support of a murdered boy's family and friends.

A 14 year-old boy has been charged with the murder of 15 year-old Alfie Lewis, who was stabbed to death outside a primary school. Alfie was collecting a friend’s younger brother from St Margaret’s Primary School in Leeds, when he was fatally wounded. Parents who had been at the school to pick up children looked after the teenager until paramedics arrived. Alfie was rushed to hospital, but soon died after suffering critical injuries.

The Bishop of Kirstall, Arun Arora, opened the local church for prayers and support of the friends and family. They put Alfie’s photo on display inside the church next to a candle and cross. Mourners were encouraged to fill out prayer cards and post them on a prayer wall and tree.

Alfie’s family said he was “one in a million” and “you will always be with us forever. Nothing will ever be the same without you. You will shine in the sky, as bright as you did in all our lives.”

Bishop Arora was praying for all those mourning Alfie’s loss: “May the Lord be close to them in the midst of grief and be their comfort. Lord have mercy”.

Police also arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of murder on Tuesday evening. He has now been released without charge.


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