Author- Elisa Menendez
A 12-year-old girl who died last night after drowning in a Greater Manchester river has been named by her ‘devastated’ family. Shukri Yahya Abdi, who came to the UK as a refugee from Somalia around 12 months ago, has been described by her family as ‘sweet and innocent’. Police were called to the River Irwell in Bury, Greater Manchester, at 7.55pm yesterday, after concerns over the welfare of a young person. Four hours after Shukri went missing, the young girl’s body was pulled from the river at around midnight. It is believed the girl – who couldn’t swim – was with two other girls at the time, reported the MEN. Shukri’s uncle Mustaf Omar, told the MEN: ‘She was a sweet and innocent child, she helped her mum 24/7.’ Shukri has been described by her family as ‘sweet and innocent’ Mother Zamzam Ture has been left ‘devastated’ (Picture: MEN) Relatives of the girl and community members visit the scene on the River Irwell in Bury (Picture: Mercury) He added: ‘Everything about it is out of character, she can’t swim. ‘Her mum is absolutely devastated. She came to the country as a refugee.’ Mustaf added his niece was ‘everything a child should be’ and that the family are in shock. Shukri was a pupil at Broad Oak Sports College in Bury, having moved to the Greater Manchester area with her mum and four younger siblings around a year ago. Police are appealing to the public for further information. Detective Inspector Andrew Naismith, of GMP’s Bury district, said: ‘This is an incredibly tragic incident in which a young girl has lost her life, and my thoughts are with her family at this devastating time. The young girl’s body was found on Thursday night (Picture: Mercury) Mum Zamzam Ture moved with her children to Greater Manchester a year ago (Picture: MEN) Police are appealing for information (Picture: Mercury Press) ‘We have a team of detectives working on this, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances at this time. ‘With the warmer weather, it’s tempting to go into the water to cool off. ‘I’d like to remind everyone of the dangers of playing near or swimming in rivers, lakes and reservoirs and would strongly urge against this.’ Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
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