Following increased pressure for further investigation on Shukri Abdi’s death, Mayor Andy Burnham stated that he would look into the case again, according to the BBC.
The suspicious nature of Shukri’s death has led to widespread anger from people across the world.
On the 27th of June 2019, Shukri Abdi’s lifeless body was found in the River Irwell in Bury, Lancashire. Her body was said to have had bite and scratch marks. 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. Mustafa Omar Mohamed, Shukri’s cousin, confirmed the bullying allegations by stating that “we know that Shukri was being bullied. The school knows Shukri was being bullied, they’ve got records of that.” in an interview with 5Pillars.
Recently, Shukri’s case has received widespread attention on social media due to Black Lives Matter protesters in the United Kingdom highlighting her case as an example of the racial injustices in their country.
A petition that calls for justice regarding Shukri’s case has received over 500,000 signatures at the time of writing.