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Tributes to 'happy and cheerful' schoolgirl killed in road crash

The family of the schoolgirl who was killed when she was hit by a vehicle has paid tribute to a "happy and cheerful" daughter.

Jannatul Bakya was killed after being hit by a vehicle while crossing a road Credit: West Midlands Police

Jannatul Bakya, who was six and from Smethwick, was struck as she crossed Oldbury Road with her father, as they headed to prayers at their local mosque.

It happened at about 10.50pm on Saturday night (28 July). She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have arrested a 27-year-old man, and a 26-year-old woman, from Smethwick and Bearwood respectively. They were questions on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and have been released under investigation.

Jannatul's family have released a photo of her, and released a tribute.

Jannatul, my youngest daughter, was always happy and cheerful. She always bought a smile to everybody's face.

She will be greatly missed. I would ask that my family be given space to be able to grieve in private.

– Jannatul Bakya's father

We are investigating the circumstances leading to this tragic event…I’m appealing for anyone who saw the collision, or who may have CCTV or dash-cam footage, to get in touch.

The family are receiving support from family liaison officers and, our thoughts are them at this very sad time."

– Detective Constable Damian Gibson, West Midlands Police

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