Tributes paid to Queen’s Park Community School student killed while crossing the road

Mike Hulme, headteacher at Queen’s Park Community Schoool, tells of the tragic loss of 15-year-old Abduljabbar Mohiddin

A HEADTEACHER has paid a moving tribute to a ‘very popular, and witty’ teenager who was tragically killed by a car while crossing the road.

Abduljabbar Mohiddin, 15, known affectionately to his friends as Ajay, was on his way home from school when he was struck by a car while crossing Brondesbury Park at around 4pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Ambulances rushed to the scene, but paramedics were unable to save the GCSE student from Queen’s Park Community School (QPCS), and he died later at St Mary’s hospital, Paddington.

Speaking of the ‘tragic loss’ which the ‘whole school community is sharing in’, Mike Hulme, headteacher at QPCS, in Aylestone Avenue, Queen’s Park, said: “Abduljabbar was very well liked, and rather mischievous - in a nice way.

“He had a great sense of humour and was always joking, and had a very joyful personality.

“Coming to terms with a young person whose life has been taken so readily does not bear contemplation. As we ask ourselves why this should be we will need to draw upon our faiths and beliefs.”

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Many fellow pupils and staff witnessed the collision, which happened just a short walk from the school gates, and Mr Hulme said the tragedy had left many feeling ‘shaken and upset’.

He said: “We are managing as a school, and we are trying to be supportive as a community.”

Several hundred students and teachers stood still, heads bowed, in the school’s playground on Thursday afternoon in a silent vigil to mark Abduljabbar’ life.

And a book of condolences signed by dozens who knew him stands guard at Mr Hulme’s office door, a lasting memorial to the teenager which grows fuller each day. The school plans to give the book to the family as a lasting testament to their son’s popularity.

Mr Hulme said: “The vigil was one of those moving moments where the whole school came together to remember their lost schoolmate.

“We all feel incredibly proud of our students, many of whom would have known him all their school lives.

“Our thoughts go out to his family. It is the saddest of movements.”

An inquest into the death of Abduljabbar Mohiddin, who was Muslim and had attended Salusbury Primary School as a child, was opened and adjourned at Barnet Coroner’s Court on Monday.

A post-mortem revealed he was killed by a large blow to the head.

A woman driver was arrested in connection with the death and bailed until February.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Geoff Harper, from Alperton Collision Unit, is appealing for any witnesses to contact police on 02089985319