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Nahid Islam: Teenager killed on eve of 16th birthday had an ‘infectious smile’

Headteacher: 'He was an extremely popular student who was very supportive of his friends'

12 December, 2016 — By William McLennan

Teachers said the schoolboy had a ‘promising future’

A TEENAGE boy who was killed in a collision with a motorbike on the eve of his 16th birthday was widely loved for his “infectious smile” and sense of humour, friends said today.

Nahid Islam died at the scene near the junction of Malden Road and Queen’s Crescent on Saturday afternoon. The motorbike rider stopped at the scene and has not been arrested, police said.

The death of the year-11 pupil, who was said by teachers to have a “promising future”, has rocked staff and classmates at Regent High School in Chalton Street.

Dozens of pupils attended the scene this afternoon, watched over by a teacher and police officer. Balloons, birthday cards and floral tributes have been left for the teenager, who would have celebrated his 16th birthday on Sunday.

One pupil said: “He was hilarious. He was always smiling and making everyone else around him happy. I don’t think I ever saw him looking sad. You knew when he was coming down the corridor, you could hear him coming, his laugh. Regent High won’t be the same without him.”

Headteacher Gary Moore said: “He had a promising future ahead of him. He was an extremely popular student who was very supportive of his friends and the younger students in the school.

“Students and staff at the school are devastated at the loss of such a charming young man. I am proud and privileged to have known him. Only on Friday I spoke to Nahid and his friends about their recent maths exam. Our thoughts are with Nahid’s family at this most distressing of times.”

Nadine Jackson, whose daughter went to Argyle Primary school with Nahid, said: “He was the cutest kid and had an infectious smile.”

She added: “Kids can be quite cliquey, but he wasn’t like that. He was a social butterfly. He never passed me in the street and was too cool to say hello to me. That boy would always stop and talk to me.”

Julian Fullbrook, who led the scout group that Nahid attended from a young age, said: “I’m stunned by the news. He had very good sense of humour and was fun to be with. He was always very cheerful and very good humoured.”

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