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Erick Maina death: Tribute to Liverpool boy 'who wanted to help others'

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Image caption Erick Maina was a pupil at Maricourt Catholic High School, in Maghull

The family of a 15-year-old Liverpool schoolboy found dead at his home have described him as "our baby and our best friend."

Erick Maina was discovered hanged in Fazakerley on Saturday 15 November.

Two teenagers later admitted spraying racist graffiti mocking his death in a park and on a wall near Maricourt Catholic High School, in Maghull.

A family statement said Erick was a committed Christian who loved charity work and "just wanted to help others".

"Everyone who knew Erick knows he had his own unique style in the way that he dressed with braces and colourful clothes," they said.

Image caption The 15-year-old was described as a committed Christian and keen charity worker

"He didn't care what people thought about him and if he thought something was wrong, he'd highlight it.

"He would never sit on the fence. Erick was either in or he was out. He wouldn't moan about things but would get on with his life and try to make it better. He was always part of the solution.

"We miss him greatly. He inspired us and we are grateful of the time we had with him and the experiences we shared as a family."

Earlier this week James Coleman, 18, from Netherton and a 17-year-old from Bootle, admitted racially aggravated criminal damage at Sefton Magistrates' Court.

They were bailed to appear again at Liverpool Crown Court and Sefton Youth Court next month.

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