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NOTTINGHAM, England — The mother of a Bermudian student fatally stabbed in England earlier this year has spoken of her “indescribable pain” after five teenagers were convicted by a jury over his murder.
Two of the teenagers were convicted of the murder of 17 year-old Lyrico Steede, who was fatally stabbed in Nottingham on February 13.
A jury at Nottingham Crown Court found three other teens guilty of manslaughter.
Kasharn Campbell, 19, and Christian Jameson, 18, were both found guilty of murder. Manslaughter verdicts were returned for a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, as well as Remmell Campbell-Miller, 18.
Steede, who lived with family in Nottingham, was attacked in a park in the Bullwell area of Nottingham after being chased. He managed to reach a residence, where police found him seriously injured with wounds to his face, arm, leg and back.
Steede died in hospital five days later. The five teenagers will be sentenced on January 25.
His mother, mother Keishaye Steede said she prays knife crime is looked at “on a larger scale”.
She spoke through a heartfelt victim impact statement read out as her son’s killers were convicted.
She could not face being at the hearing but her words, spoken by prosecutor Peter Joyce QC, left people in the packed public gallery in tears.
Lyrico’s mother said things had not been the same since the night her son was stabbed.
“I continuously ask who gives anyone the right to take my boy from me? My son’s murder was senseless and cruel. Some days I don’t even want to move, but I have my girls to look after.
“I cannot even go through this as some may. I have to be strong and I pray, what happened to my baby boy and hope people’s eyes are opened to it. I pray that this ‘knife crime’ gets looked at on a larger scale, as I would hate to see another mother lose her son.
“Indescribable pain is what I’ll feel for the rest of my life living in this cruel world. No one can begin to imagine the nightmare that has become a reality for me and my family. I ask was it worth it? This was planned and executed and the intent was proven in the outcome, to desperately seek out and end my son’s life.”
She told the court that she was exhausted with the thoughts that come with this kind of trauma.
“I feel unsafe and unable to trust the people around me. This has become a mother’s worst nightmare. No family deserves this.”
A desperate cry from one relative echoed across the silent courtroom as the teenage killers were led away to custody.
The verdicts in the case came after a jury deliberated for more than 20 hours.
Known as Rico, Steede was the only son of his parents Jermaine and Keishaye. He had two sisters, Lexxs and Legecy.
The family described him as “an extremely quiet, but happy and humble child”. (CMC)