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  • 24 March 2014, 8:02

Shereka Marsh: Teen Charged With Murder

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder over the shooting of teenager Shereka Marsh at a party in east London.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Shereka died at a house in Eastway in Hackney on Saturday afternoon after being shot once in the neck.

Detectives found a gun inside the house.

Two 16-years-olds who had been arrested in connection to the shooting have been released without charge, police said.

Mourners - including members of Shereka's family - visited the scene throughout Sunday to lay flowers and tributes have also been posted on social media.

Chinelle Jennings, 15, a friend and schoolmate of Shereka, visited the scene of the shooting on Sunday, saying: "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."

Another of Shereka's friends, Drew Percival, said: "She had a good mindset, she was very funny. She was more of the business type. She liked her clothes, it was all designer. She was very sociable, a lot of friends.

"She was good at sports. She was always that person who was making everyone laugh."

Shereka had last week been pictured in the local press for helping to host the Jamaican High Commissioner when she visited The Urswick School.

Shereka was one of four pupils at the school who led the visitors on a tour, the Hackney Gazette said.