Tribute to ‘intelligent, thoughtful,’ ex-pupil

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A FORMER Sheffield headteacher has paid a moving tribute to 18-year-old Deeq Ali, who was gunned down in a city suburb last weekend.

Chris Mallaband, head at Shirecliffe’s Parkwood Academy until the summer of 2010, said he was deeply saddened to hear of the death of his former student.

“I remember him as an intelligent, thoughtful and really interesting young man who had a really bright future ahead of him - I always imagined he would end up much wealthier than me!” Chris said.

“At school he was gentle, calm and someone who other students looked up to.

“If there was conflict he often played the role of peacemaker.

“I expected Deeq to go on to university and make his family proud of him. His family is a wonderful one, and one that gave fantastic support to Parkwood over the years – my heart goes out to them,” Chris added.

The Sheffield Hallam University undergraduate from Catherine Road, Burngreave, was shot dead at the end of a family party at the Spital Hill Plaza in the early hours of Sunday.

A man has been remanded in custody over Deeq’s murder.

Abdi Mohammed Omar, 24, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, appeared before Sheffield magistrates on Wednesday. He was remanded to appear at the city’s crown court next week.

Two other men arrested in connection with Deeq’s death have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.