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Friends' shock at death of John and Enya Maguire in Purley Way crash

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A TEENAGE girl and her father killed in a Boxing Day crash have been remembered by friends as kind, funny and always happy.

Enya Maguire, 15, from Kenley, and her dad John, 53, who lived in Streatham, were pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car crash, which happened on Friday at around 3pm at the junction of Purley Way and Imperial Way.

Enya, who went to The Norwood School, lived with her father at his Streatham High Road home before moving to Kenley when he and his wife separated.

Jane Dillon, 48, has been John's neighbour for seven years since moving to the area and her daughter, 16-year-old Amy Greenwell, was friends with Enya.

She said the community are in shock: "We're devastated. She was just a 15-year-old girl with her whole life ahead of her. It's terrible, we can't get our heads around it.

"John was a lovely bloke, he was friendly and we often had a laugh with him. Most people around here had known them for a long time. It's going to be a big loss."

Amy and friends laid flowers in remembrance of Enya, and Ms Dillon said the pair used to like the "same things as most young ones", hanging out and listening to music.

"Enya was nice young girl, she was always happy," said Ms Dillon. "She was very fun, her friends are devastated."

A tribute site to the teenager, titled RIP Enya Maguire, has been set up on Facebook, with

many friends leaving heartfelt messages and memories of the schoolgirl.

Charley Louise wrote: "Rest in peace baby girl can't stop looking at your pictures and crying miss ya so much no one would ever understand."

Ms Dillon said Enya had a lot of friends but she didn't realise just how popular the teenager was until she saw the site.

She said Enya, who had nieces and nephews, was "very kind" and had wanted to be a social worker once she left school.

Fred Bebono, 66, another neighbour and old friend of John, said Enya loved music and knew "the ins and outs of all the popstars".

He said: "Enya was good as gold. She went to school every day, always smart. We always had a little chip and a laugh, me and Enya.

"I'd poke fun and call her the ugly duckling and she would take the mick out of me, which I didn't mind. I'm just gutted for her."

Mr Bebono said John, who was from Scotland, was a hard worker and had an ice cream van and a hot dog stall 20 years ago. But he said he has not worked recently and suffered from mental health issues.

"Me and John would have a laugh. We'd watch a bit of telly and when things were a bit rough he helped me out a few times. He had a heart," Mr Bebono said.

"I'm so cut up about his daughter, it broke my heart and a lot of people around here."

Friends' shock at death of John and Enya Maguire in Purley Way crash


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