A classmate who was present at the time of Shukri’s death allegedly told her “If you don’t get into the water I’m going to kill you”, an inquest has heard.
On the 27th of June 2019, Shukri Abdi’s lifeless body was found in the River Irwell in Bury, Lancashire. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service stated that Shukri was playing with multiple other children at the time of her death. They claim that the children alerted the authorities when they realized that she went missing.
At the time, the Greater Manchester Police concluded that Shukri’s death was an accident before gathering any concrete evidence. Following reports from classmates and family members, it became evident that Shukri was a victim of bullying, which led to pressure from the community to find answers on what really happened.
The police’s handling of this case has been widely criticized, as the family has been vocal about their shortcomings into fully investigating the case when it initially happened.
Due to the suspicious nature of Shukri’s death, the senior coroner for the District of Manchester North Joanne Kearsley, stated that she would consider claims that Shukri was a victim of bullying and that coercion by the other children would form part of the full inquest.
The inquest is currently ongoing.