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Football tribute in memory of friend.

FRIENDS of a 12-year-old boy found hanged at his Liverpool home organised a football tournament in his memory.

Year five youngsters from St Vincent de Paul Catholic primary in Liverpool city centre arranged the event as a tribute to former head boy Lathanial Olojugba.

The talented Blue Coat year seven pupil was better known to many classmates and teachers as Joshua Govindasamy.

Three mini buses took the pupils from Joshua's former primary school to Anfield Sports and Community Centre on Lower Breck Road for the tournament.

The children also joined in a minute's silence to remember "the perfect role model".

Philip Stewart, headteacher at St Vincent de Paul Catholic primary school, said: "The football tournament was organised by eight year five children in Joshua's honour.

"It was a lovely afternoon and a very appropriate way to pay tribute to Joshua.

"The winners received the Joshua Govindasamy Memorial Cup.

"We hope to make this an annual event in Joshua's honour."

Joshua was found in his bedroom at Toxteth by his mother Anita in May.

After his death, classmates and staff from his primary gathered at a school memorial garden, set up by Joshua two years ago, to remember him.

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IN MEMORY: Lauren Corell, Adil Alasaly, Michael Birch, Jamielah Benjamin, Owen Wilkie and Luke Carr from St Vincent de Paul Catholic primary celebrate their football tournament Picture: TRACEY O'NEILL/to300608; TRAGIC: Lathanial, also known as Joshua
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Jul 1, 2008
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