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British schoolgirl stabbed to death in Jamaica after family moved for safer life

Stefika and her mother Pauline

Caption: British schoolgirl fled London because of knife crime only to be stabbed in her parents native Jamaica (Picture: Mega)

A teenager who left London to live in Jamaica over fears of rising knife crime in the capital has been stabbed to death.

Stefika Smith, 17, left her Thornton Heath home in south London for a new start on the Caribbean Island because her parents Morris, 56, and Pauline, 54, wished she could have the same idyllic life growing up they did.

The star-student, whose killer has yet to be found, was murdered and dumped next to a lonely track beside a sugarcane field on May 12, two days after vanishing on a trip into town with a friend.

She was found wearing her favourite one-piece yellow body suit with a single stab wound to the throat in rural May Pen, in the south of the island, two weeks before her 18th birthday.

Her clothes were ripped and there were signs she had put up a struggle, authorities have said.

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EXCLUSIVE: British schoolgirl Stefika Smith, 17, left London because of knife crime for a new life in her parents' native Jamaica only to be stabbed to death on the Caribbean island. The exemplary student vanished on a trip into town with a friend. Her body was found two days later dumped on a lonely track beside a sugar cane field. She was wearing her favorite one-piece yellow body suit ??? and died from a single stab wound to the throat. Police are still hunting the killer or killers. Stefika grew up in Brixton and Thornton Heath, South London and moved to Four Paths, Clarendon, Jamaica, with her parents Morris, 56, and Pauline, 54. FILE PIX. 21 Sep 2019 Pictured: Murdered British schoolgirl Stefika Smith, who moved to Jamaica to escape London???s knife crime only to be stabbed to death aged 17 on the Caribbean island. Pictured at a family wedding in London, summer 2018. Photo credit: Greg Woodfield / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA509393_008.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]

Stefikas body was found dumped near a sugarcane field (Picture: Mega)

The familys trauma was made all the worse after a picture of Stefikas body was posted on social media, before they had learned she had been killed.

Speaking out for the first time about her daughters death, Pauline said: Ive lost an angel. There was a lot of knife crime in London and I wanted to take Stefika away from those dangers.

We wanted to her to have the same idyllic life my husband and I had growing up in Jamaica. But wicked people put an end to that.

My beautiful sweet daughter left what we saw as a knife threat but became a stabbing victim herself where we took her to be safer. I still cannot take it in.

Stefika, a pupil at Norbury Manor Business Enterprise College for Girls, sang at the gospel choir of the New Testament Church of God in Brixton before moving to Jamaica in May 2016.

EXCLUSIVE: British schoolgirl Stefika Smith, 17, left London because of knife crime for a new life in her parents' native Jamaica only to be stabbed to death on the Caribbean island. The exemplary student vanished on a trip into town with a friend. Her body was found two days later dumped on a lonely track beside a sugar cane field. She was wearing her favorite one-piece yellow body suit ??? and died from a single stab wound to the throat. Police are still hunting the killer or killers. Stefika grew up in Brixton and Thornton Heath, South London and moved to Four Paths, Clarendon, Jamaica, with her parents Morris, 56, and Pauline, 54. 21 Sep 2019 Pictured: Stefika Smith.Pauline Smith. Photo credit: MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA508868_003.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]

Stefika left London in 2016 (Picture: The Mega Agency)

Mum Pauline, who herself lived in Jamaica until she was 23, told the Sunday People: Stefika was always concerned about her safety in London when she went out because of the stabbings and gangs.

She didnt like to be on the streets. It stopped her meeting friends or joining groups.

By contrast, growing up in Jamaica in the 1960s was an ideal world. We could do anything totally safely.

There was no sense of danger. We could be outside all the time, swimming in rivers or playing in each others yards.

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But crime in the region has soared since the family moved to the area with the government declaring a state of emergency in 2018.

During states of emergency police and military personnel are given the authority to search people and buildings, curtail business hours and detain individuals without a warrRead More – Source

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