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Friends’ tribute to “amazing” Archway student

Friends of Brian Mpunga unveil bench for the 15-year-old in final week of school

06 July, 2018 — By Emily Finch

A GROUP of Year 11 students celebrating the completion of their GCSEs unveiled a pair of memorial benches to their friend who tragically died last year.

Brian Mpunga should have been graduating with his fellow classmates at St Aloysius’ College in Archway this month but his life was cut short following a freak accident in December.

His parents and his school friends gathered at the unveiling of the benches in the “learning terrace” of the school in Hornsey Lane on Wednesday.

Brian’s mother, Carlotta Jose, said: “It was very emotional. Every- one was crying. It makes me feel Brian did not go in vain. I feel very honoured and very proud of Brian.”

The inscription on the bench reads: “We will cherish his memory and let it live on in all that we do.”

Charlie Capocci, 16, paid tribute to the “respectful” Brian who was his best mate. He said: “Brian was someone I could open up to. People our age always judge and make fun but he would never do something like that. He would be respectful and humble – everything you need in a friend.”

Brian Mpunga was just 15 years old when he died last December

Of the bench unveiling, Charlie (pictured in the middle, below) said: “It’s very overwhelming. I felt it was owed to him. He was such an amazing person. It’s very significant and something to remember him by.”

Brian, a prefect at the school, had been busy studying for his GCSEs when he died after hitting his head while warming up to play basketball at the Sobell Centre in Holloway.

His father took him to University College Hospital in Euston Road where his family say doctors failed to immediately take a scan of his brain despite their numerous pleas to do so.

The 15-year-old died 11 days after his accident and the hospital is still investigating his case.

Brian’s parents Carlotta and Jeff with Brian’s school friends 

Ms Jose said: “I’m crying every day. It makes me so sad and angry his life was cut short like this he is supposed to be here and celebrating with everyone. In the house we are so miserable. He was a very good boy. I miss him a lot and we are put- ting flowers all the time on his grave.”

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: “UCLH has appointed an independent investigator to review this case. We are awaiting the report and we will then invite the family to meet us to share its findings.”

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