THE memorial to a teenager who died after taking ecstasy is said to be regularly vandalised because the girl’s mum spoke to cops about the dealer.
Shakira Pellow, 15, was pictured in a coma after she fell ill taking ecstasy pills in a public park.
Since then, her devastated mother, Rita Hole, 48, has been leaving flowers and candles in the park as a memorial to her daughter.
But now she says the memorials are being routinely destroyed, and she fears it is because she spoke to police about who she believed supplied the drugs.
Shakira died after taking the drugs in a park in Camborne, Cornwall, on July 6 last year.
Rita, a carer, said: “The first time was when we had a memorial vigil on her birthday. We had really dressed the park up.
“They cut the lights off and took the pot that the red roses were in.
“It looked like they were beating the roses against the seats.
“There were petals everywhere.”
On Valentine’s Day she made a special effort with the memorial.
“We had a love heart, a teddy bear in there with the flowers,” she said.
“I went down at night and lit a lantern and some tea lights, it was really pretty.
“I went back at half past six the next morning and they were gone.”
Ms Hole went to the park on Christmas Eve and “it was all lit and looking absolutely beautiful”, she said.
“I went to my daughters on Christmas Day and on Boxing Day the wreaths were stolen, everything we put down there was stolen.”
Rita said the memorials had been vandalised every week, and said the stress of the attacks had led to three heart attacks.
“It’s destroyed me, I’m absolutely disgusted, heartbroken,” she said.
Rita has reported the attacks to the police who are investigating.
Shakira collapsed in Pengegon Park on July 6 last year and died in hospital the next day.
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Her heart stopped twice as she was rushed to hospital.
Police at the time said she was one of a group of friends who had taken high-strength ecstasy stamped with the word Duplo on the tablets.
Two 17-year-old youths, who are suspected of supplying the tablets, are currently out on bail.
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