Fundraiser launched in memory of 16-year-old Preston murder victim raises over £5,000

A fundraiser set up to raise money for various charities in memory of Sarmad Al-Saidi has raised over £5,000.

Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 12:08 pm

Sarmad Al-Saidi, 16, from Preston, was found with stab wounds to his chest and legs at an address in Chatham Place, Deepdale, at 5.43pm on Wednesday, December 23.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries on Sunday.

Jamie Dixon, 18, of Clayton Avenue, Leyland, appeared before Preston magistrates on Monday, charged with murder. A 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old boy also appeared on murder charges but cannot be named for legal reasons. All were remanded in custody and are due to appear at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday (December 30).

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An online fundraising page has now been set up in memory of Sarmad, with all money raised going towards various water foundations and a masjid.

Shireen Mangera-Badat, who set up the page, said: "Sarmad Al-Saidi, a lovely, kind natured boy, who was cruelly taken from the world too early.

"Allah had decided he was too precious for this temporary life.

"Weʼre raising £7,000 to help raise funds for various water foundations and a masjid for the poor and destitute in memory of Sarmad Al Saidi."

A fundraiser has been set up in memory of 16-year-old Sarmad Al-Saidi from Preston. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Since its launch, the page has raised more than £5,000 with over 320 people donating to the fundraiser.

Tributes have also been paid to Sarmad across social media.

A tweet from Preston Muslim Burial Society stated Sarmad was from the Broadgate area of Preston and expressed condolences to his family.

Deepdale Community Association tweeted: “The whole community (is) deeply saddened to hear this news.”

Another tribute on Facebook added simply: “RIP young man”, while another said: “Gone but never forgotten, angel.”

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