FISHERMEAD shooting victim Mohamed Farah talked of becoming a lawyer according to his mother.
Fuad Awale, 25, of no fixed abode, and Sharmake Abdulkadir, 22, of The Fleet, Springfield, were sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of two counts of murder yesterday following a 10-week trial.
Speaking after the sentencing, Mohamed Farah’s mother Fadumo said: “Mohamed was a real lovable person and it was plain to see as he was growing up he cared so much about others, especially his brother and sister.
“His younger siblings looked up to him and it was obvious he had a huge amount of love for his family. He would always be there for his family and did not like people who bullied others – he was not a boy who was afraid of anything or anyone and would always be there to cheer people up. Mohamed thought that being a brother to his family was even better than being a superhero.
“He enjoyed swimming and playing sports, in particular football, and being with his friends.
“When Mohamed was nine, we moved to London and then Milton Keynes. Mohamed started at Rickley Junior School. He could speak three languages fluently and was a very talented boy.
“He then attended Lord Grey School in Bletchley, which he was enjoyed. He liked playing basketball and at the age of 12 he played for the Milton Keynes Muslim Association. He left school with six GCSEs and at sixth form he studied maths, applied business finance and he retook English.
“In 2009 he went to Somalia, but then came back to the UK and started a tourism course at South Birmingham College. He came to live with me and his siblings in Birmingham.
“He went back to Somalia in 2010 to stay with my mother, where he met Amin.
“At the end of 2011, Mohamed came back to Birmingham and Amin came to stay at the end of April for a few days.
“Mohamed loved playing on the XBox in his spare time and talked of being a lawyer or a maths teacher. He was of Muslim faith, but was also a young boy who enjoyed life to the full and had so many dreams for the future.
“The last time I heard from Mohamed was on Thursday 26 May 2011. It was 3pm and I was on my way home from work when Mohamed called me from his aunt’s phone. I will always remember the last words he said were that he loved me.
“From the day he was born I knew I loved my son with all my heart. Losing a son or a family member is bad enough and devastating, but to lose my son to some person who has coldly and callously shot him dead is something I can’t explain. My heart is broken and there is now a void in my life which will never be filled.
“I will never see Mohamed playing with his little brother. I will never see his lovely smile or face again. I will never hear his voice or hear his jokes. I miss him so much. I had so many dreams for him.
“A lot has been said about Mohamed in court. It is not true that he was in hiding days before he was murdered or that I moved him away because he was getting into trouble. It has also been said he was a drug dealer. He was not a drug dealer.
“Mohamed’s killers are cowards who hid behind their lawyers. Thankfully the jury did not believe their lies and in respect of two of them, justice has been done.”
Mohamed’s brother Adam Farah said: “Since my little brother Mohamed died it’s been almost two sleepless, worrying and painful years.
“It has left a huge scar in the family and I can only hope that it will heal with time.
“Today is a day of joy for my family, because after all this time we finally got justice. We can finally start to try to move on.
“We witnessed the killers get what they deserve. They hurt a lot of people and I hope they never get out of prison although it’s disappointing to us that one of them was found not guilty.
“This was an unnecessary event where two young and innocent kids were executed in a peaceful neighbourhood.
“I will never forget the big heart my little brother had, so we the family started an organisation in memory of Mohamed, Nageeb Health Organisation. We help women who have been raped or women who can’t afford to provide medicine for their children in Africa.
“So his name will live on and he will help a lot of people even after his death.”