Mother of stabbed British-Lebanese teenager dies 'with broken heart'

Mother of stabbed British-Lebanese teenager Yousef Makki dies 'with a broken heart'
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25 May, 2020
Debbie Makki, the mother of UK stabbing victim Yousef Makki died on Sunday, heartbroken over the legal 'injustice' of her son's case.
Youssef Makiki was stabbed in the heart in [Facebook composite]
The mother of an British-Lebanese teenager who was fatally stabbed in the UK last year died on Sunday after her mental and physical health "deteriorated dramatically" over the loss.

Debbie Makki, 55, died on Sunday in Greater Manchester "with a broken heart" and wanted justice for her late son Yousef Makki – stabbed to death at 17 – the family said in a statement.

His killer, Joshua Molnar, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter on self-defence claims by a jury at Manchester Crown Court in July.

"Mum died with a broken heart. We knew she wanted justice for Yousef and I promise you mum we won't give up until we get it for you," Debbie's daughter, Jade Akoum wrote on Facebook, announcing her passing.

"I didn't think my heart could take any more pain and loss and grief," Akoum said.

The family told the BBC that Debbie "never found peace" due to the legal battle and verdict that they describe as an "injustice".

According to the BBC, Akoum said her mother's mental and physical health had "deteriorated dramatically over the past year" before she was finally rushed to hospital in an ambulance two days ago.

"There have been a lot of false promises to our family, beacons of hope from individuals that have amounted to nothing," she said.

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In her public statement, Akoum expressed that despite the painful loss, the family found some comfort that Debbie would no longer have to bear the pain of her loss.

"God rest your soul, at least you are with Yousef now, we told him we needed you here a bit longer but you had to be together!" Akoum wrote.

Yousef Makki was a straight A student on a scholarship at the Manchester Grammar School.

"Our thoughts go out to Debbie's family and friends at this difficult time," the school said on its twitter account after the news broke out.

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