Memorial to tragic teens

A CANDLE'S flame shone in a dark alcove today to commemorate the lives of two teenagers, who deaths shocked a community.The flickering light is alongside dozens of bunches of flowers with messages of love and remembrance marking the spot where Dean Bloomfield and Scott Towler were killed as they walked along Fore Hamlet in Ipswich.

A CANDLE'S flame shone in a dark alcove today to commemorate the lives of two teenagers, who deaths shocked a community.

The flickering light is alongside dozens of bunches of flowers with messages of love and remembrance marking the spot where Dean Bloomfield and Scott Towler were killed as they walked along Fore Hamlet in Ipswich.

The grief is still deep and the pain still raw for all those who knew the teenagers who were hit drug driver Zulfcar Ali's car.

Cards and messages show the impact the 15-year-old Stoke High School pupils had on their friends and families before their lives were so terribly cut short on May 30, 2004.

One from Stoke High girls reads: "In loving memory of Scott and Dean. We will always miss you both. With love."

Another reads: "To my dear cousin Dean. Thinking of you and forever miss you mate. Lots of love."

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Ali, 33, of Boyton Road, Ipswich, was jailed for ten years at Ipswich Crown Court in December for the manslaughter of teenagers and for two offences of dangerous driving.

During his court hearing it was revealed Ali had ploughed into the teenagers after a blazing row with his wife about his heroin abuse.

Dean and Scott had been walking with Dean's girlfriend Janay Porter when Ali crashed into them and drove on without stopping.

Ali hit several other vehicles before finally coming to an end in Key Street, when the car skewed across the road and smashed into a wall.

Scott died soon after the crash at lunchtime on May 30 and Dean's family decided to turn off his life support machine the following day.

Following the tragedy, hundreds of floral tributes and messages of condolence were placed along Fore Hamlet to mark the spot where the teenagers were killed reminiscent of the scene today.

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