Samaritans warn offensive tweeters following Romford station death

Abdu Hemmaida not long before he died. Picture: Islam Hemmaida

Abdu Hemmaida not long before he died. Picture: Islam Hemmaida - Credit: Archant

The Samaritans have told tweeters to “think carefully” about what they type when their transport is delayed by suspected suicides.

Personal trainer Abdu Hemmaida

Personal trainer Abdu Hemmaida - Credit: Archant

Friends and loved ones tweeted emotional messages following the death of 21-year-old Abdu Hemmaida, of Horace Avenue, Rush Green, at Romford station last week but others vented their anger about train delays on social media.

Users such as @Sawyer21, @deanogreenslade and @lyne_frankie wrote messages too offensive for the Recorder to print.

@MikeBenne tweeted: “Person killed jumping in front of a train at Romford is causing major delays. Can’t they clear him up after rush hour!”

The Samaritans’ communications director, Sophie Borromeo, said: “It’s sad to see comments like these. We would urge people to think carefully about what they publish online.


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“Each suicide is a tragedy and comments like these can add to the pain of bereaved friends and family.

“It’s important to remember that suicide is a complex issue. When a person is experiencing suicidal feelings, they may not be thinking with a clear mind and may not be able to see past their own situation. Instead, they may feel hopeless, disconnected or believe that others might be better off without them.”

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Anyone going through a difficult time or has been affected by Abdu’s death can contact the Samaritans any time on 08457 909090.

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