Needless death has hurt so many people

Adil Basharat
Adil Basharat
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HUNDREDS of young teenagers wept at the funeral of their fellow pupil Adil Basharat on Friday.

The popular 16-year-old died after a knife attack carried out in broad daylight metres away from his school, Kingsbrook in Deanshanger.

His death at Milton Keynes Hospital on November 21 caused shockwaves among pupils all over the city and prompted thousands of tributes on social networking site Facebook.

Adil’s family live in Greenleys but the funeral was held at the mosque in Aylesbury where Adil lived as a child.

A close friend of the Basharats, Bucks County Councillor Raj Khan, described the turnout of 800 mourners as “phenomenal”.

He said: “The whole town and wider community lost the life of a young man – the death of whom was totally unnecessary.

“It was so moving to see so many people, particularly young people, come and pay their respects.”

Mr Khan said people of white, black and Asian origins joined together to pay their respects to Adil, who police do not believe was attacked due to a racist motive.

Friends of the Kingsbrook pupil however are still convinced racism played a part and they are campaigning for justice to be done.

They have started a nationwide campaign to stop knife attacks and “mindless violence”.

Already they have received support from Oceana nightclub which is looking to run a 16-plus event to raise awareness.

One friend Jodie-Mae Nash said: “We want to do everything we can to stop knife attacks and help anti-knife campaigns across the UK for Adil.”

Four men were arrested shortly after the November 19 attack.

They are 19-year-olds Adam Moore from Cosgrove, Freddie Wilson from Deanshanger, Daniel Anderson from Stony Stratford and 21-year-old Jake Batten, also from Deanshanger,

All four are currently remanded in custody awaiting Crown Court trial for murder.

On Friday more tributes were paid at the funeral of sixth-former Adil, who was famed for his permanent big smile and cheeky personality.

Mr Khan said: “It was a demonstration of someone who was loved by many and respected by all those who came to his funeral

“His death had devastated a family and hurt so many people.”