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Vigil to mark Cornish teenager's 16th birthday

Photo: ITV West Country

The 'heart-broken' family of Shakira Pellow are holding a vigil tonight on what would have been her 16th birthday.

The Camborne teenager suffered a heart attack on July 7 after taking a pill thought to contain MDMA.

Friends and family are meeting in Pengegon Park at 6pm (5 November) to reveal a plaque in Shakira's memory.

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Shakira's mum Rita says the drug's effect on Shakira's body was devastating.

My daughter had three cardiac arrests, her organs her liver and her kidneys were failing [so] they put her on dialysis.

The last cardiac arrest she had there was no coming back, so she died in my arms with her family around her.

– Rita Hole
Shakira's family wanted to share this picture to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs. Credit: Family photo

Two 17-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and released under investigation.

Rita now plans to visit schools sharing Shakira's story.