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Jamaica's security minister condemns killing of British girl

Jamaica's security minister, Peter Bunting, has condemned the killing of 8-year old British girl Imani Green.

He told the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper: "The senseless killing of a young, innocent child must outrage all well-thinking Jamaicans, and cause us to join our security forces in an intensified effort to rid our communities of criminals."

Head teacher pays tribute to 'happy, playful' Imani

Anne Wilson, head teacher of Fircroft Primary School in Tooting, has paid tribute to pupil Imani Green, who was shot dead in Jamaica during a family visit to the country.

She said: "The entire Fircroft School community is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of our pupil Imani Green. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family to whom we pledge our continuing love and support.

Imani Green, 8, was shot dead in the town of Duncans in Trelawny, northern Jamaica. Credit: Family handout

“Imani was a happy, playful child who was popular with staff and pupils alike. She suffered from sickle cell anaemia and we had to take great care to protect her from the cold, which could adversely and dramatically worsen her condition.

"She dealt with her illness very bravely and coped well with the special arrangements we had to have in place to support her.

"She had been given special permission to travel to Jamaica so that she could benefit from the warmer climate and we had been in contact with the local primary school she was attending whilst there to make sure she was receiving an appropriate education.

“We are now in the process of contacting all the families of children in the same year group to break this terrible news to them and we will be taking steps to offer support and counselling to all those children and staff who are affected by this terrible tragedy.”

Eight-year-old British girl shot dead in Jamaica

An eight-old British girl has been shot dead while on holiday in Jamaica.

Imani Green, from London, was hit twice at a cafe owned by her cousin on the island's north coast.

Police said a gunman entered and opened fire following an argument. They believe it may have been a revenge shooting following an earlier attack.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports:

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Murdered girl's British neighbours speak of grief

Imani Green's neighbours in Balham, south London, spoke today spoke of their sorrow following the eight-year-old girl's death in Jamaica.

A friend of the family, who asked not to be named, said: "This is a close-knit community, so this is going to hurt us."

Another added: "Nobody wants to speak, she was just a little girl. This is all so sad. We're distraught."

Neighbours said members of the girl's family took a flight to Jamaica early this morning to be with Imani's mother.

  1. Paul Brand: ITV News Reporter

Imani's uncle pays tribute to a 'quiet, lovely' girl

Speaking to ITV News, Imani's uncle Mitchum Brown described her as a "quiet, lovely, friendly girl" who had only just begun to grow in confidence.

Mr Brown explained how Imani had sickle cell anaemia as well as a hole in her heart, and how she would travel to Jamaica every winter with her family because the warm weather helped with her conditions.

He says Imani was an innocent victim of Friday's shooting and believes the gunman was taking revenge over a dispute with the cafe owner, who is Imani's cousin.

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