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.
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The boy was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital where he died.
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