The parents of a teenage girl stabbed during morning rush hour have described her as the “light of our lives” before visiting the site of her death in south London. Elianne Andam was named as the 15-year-old victim of the daylight attack on Wellesley Road in Croydon on Wednesday morning. The mother and father of Élianne Andam, Michael, and Dorcas Andamare on the middle of a heartbreaking tragedy that has shaken their household and their group. Dorcas Andam, Elianne’s mom, is an NHS kids’s nurse who labored tirelessly and saved to supply her daughter with the chance to attend a prestigious personal faculty, the Old Palace of John Whitgift School.
Elianne Andam Mother Dorcas Andam
A 17-year-old boy, whom the police said knew the victim, was arrested nearly five miles away in New Addington on suspicion of murder just over an hour after the attack. A 12-hour extension to his custody time limit was granted on Thursday. The prime minister, Rishi Sunak, told the BBC he was shocked and appalled by the attack. On Thursday evening, her parents, Michael and Dorcas Andam, appeared at the scene of the stabbing accompanied by about 20 family members and friends. They stood behind a police cordon and next to a bus stop, where a stationary number 60 bus had been parked since the incident.
“Elianne was a beautiful person inside and out who loved Jesus. She was intelligent, thoughtful, kind, and had a bright future ahead of her. It is our request that you keep our cherished daughter Elianne and our family in your thoughts and prayers.” A spokesperson for Elianne’s family said: “Our hearts are broken by the senseless death of our daughter. Elianne was the light of our lives. She was bright and funny, with many friends who all adored her.
She was only 15 and had her whole life ahead of her, with hopes and dreams for the future. All those dreams have now been shattered. Our lives have fallen apart, along with that of our wider family. We ask the media to please respect our privacy as we try to grieve the short life of our beautiful child. I know that Elianne’s death has left many people feeling upset and I would like to thank the people of Croydon for the support they have shown us as we have carried out our inquiries in the town centre. I know this work has been disruptive, however, it has been vital and your patience is appreciated.