Earlier, Tyereece's (Ed: *rolls eyes*) mother paid tribute to her only child in a statement read by coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe at Inner West London Coroner's Court.Remember when you 'paid tribute' to someone who'd achieved something in life?
Rather than someone who ended up in a puddle of their own blood on the street when their attempted robbery went wrong?
Samantha Cohen quietly wiped away tears as her statement recalled how her son was a "brilliant" footballer and Chelsea fan, who was also scouted by the Royal Ballet.
Good at maths and spelling...He'd need to be, just to sign his name!
...he loved to read and was able to "instantly connect" with people he met.He sure 'instantly connected' with the police car chasing the getaway moped he was riding!
He dreamt of becoming a famous footballer, seeing the vocation as a way of providing for his family, and wanted to get a tattoo reading "Family First" when he turned 18.Well, 'Safety First' would have been an unfamiliar concept...
She said: "His family brought him so much joy, and I loved that this was the case."
The pair moved to Croydon from north London after she became concerned that he had "fallen into the wrong crowd".And he just happened to find a new 'wrong crowd' to fall in with in Croyden! Gee, what are the odds..?
She said: "He was wise beyond his years. I was proud that my son made time for other people, listened to their problems and shared advice."Advice on what to do if pursued by the police? Hmmm. I wouldn't take it, if I were you.
She added: "It's difficult for Tyereece's family to equate the child we knew at home with who he could be in the world outside."That's because you never cared enough to ask what he was doing when he was outside. Maybe if you had, you'd still have a son.