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Pals in vigil for boy in shop death

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Friends of a teenager killed after a car crashed into a shop gathered for a vigil where he died.

Friends of a teenager killed after a car crashed into a shop gathered for a vigil where he died.

Many in tears, with faces etched with shock and grief, stood in silence outside the boarded up window in Smethwick's Cape Hill, where friend and classmate Joshua McAuley lost his life.

A 50-strong group of pals from Shireland Collegiate Academy met outside the school gates in Waterloo Road at noon yesterday, to walk to the scene of the tragedy. There they laid flowers and lit candles.

They also put up hand drawn posters of their friend as well as a sign reading "RIP Josh" in tribute to the 15-year-old.

A straight A student, who was about to start his GCSEs, Josh was remembered as a talented student and basketball player and a devoted friend.

Sohail Khan, aged 16, was one of Josh's closest friends and was at the vigil.

He said: "I just can't believe it. The last thing I said to him was "have a good weekend" on Friday. I never thought it would be the last time I would see him.

"He was like a brother to every one of us. If anyone was in trouble he would help them out. He was kind and took care of everyone."

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Those at Cape Hill yesterday included 19-year-old Ali Bornaisorkhabi of Bearwood, who was thrown across the store, when the car smashed through the shopfront as he bought cigarettes.

The Handsworth College student had left his wife Fatima, also 19 in the car outside as he nipped into Saya International Foods just before the crash at 11.15am on Saturday.

He was paying when he saw the car.

He said: "I saw Josh trapped in the rubble, He couldn't get free and was calling out for help."

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His wife, Fatima Ataie , waiting in the car outside said: "The boy was walking down the street with a woman."

A 24-year-old woman, hit by the car is thought to have been walking with Josh and was and was taken to City Hospital for treatment.

A 28-year-old man from Evesham was arrested.

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