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Hackney Shooting: Shereka Marsh 'Shot In Neck'
A 15-year-old girl killed during a birthday party in east London was shot in the neck, it has emerged.
Shereka Marsh is thought to have been shot accidentally at an address in Hackney on Saturday afternoon.
The London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance attended but Shereka was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three boys - two aged 16 and a 15-year-old - were arrested nearby and taken to an east London police station where they remain in custody.
Police said a gun has been recovered from the house, which is minutes from an entrance to London's Olympic Park.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a post-mortem had confirmed the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the neck and that detectives from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command were investigating.
Mourners - including members of Shereka's family - have visited the scene to lay flowers and friends have left tributes on social networking sites.
Chinelle Jennings, 15, a friend and schoolmate of the victim for five years, gathered with friends opposite the house where the shooting happened.
She said: "She was a nice bubbly girl and she loved to party, loved shopping. She was just like the kind of girl that you would have to fall in love with.
"She liked PE. Her favourite subject was history. She was good at sports. She wanted to study business."
The teenager added: "She lived with her mum, her dad was in Jamaica. They just had each other, just them two and they lived together.
"She cherished her mum. Her mum was very protective."
Chinelle said she had heard Shereka was accidentally shot in the neck and bled to death.
Krista Brown, an ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service, whose son Shad Brown knows the girl and those arrested, said: "She went to my niece's school, Urswick School. Pretty girl, nice, hard-working. From what I've seen on Facebook popular, friends with everybody.
"The boys involved were as well. My son knows the boys involved, he knows all the kids involved."
She added: "We spend 20 years of our life protecting our children and hoping this doesn't happen to them."
On the question of the gun she said: "Round here, they probably get given them by older kids."
A Facebook page called R.I.P. Shereka had more than 5,000 likes by lunchtime.
Azmina Bhamji commented on the page: "The good die young.. Another angel up in heaven, she's up there smiling at everyone, rest in peace princess."
Police officers have been standing guard outside the terraced house where the shooting happened.
The street, which backs on to Wick Woodland, was closed to allow detectives to carry out their inquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.