The killer of Sir David Amess was a football-loving aspiring doctor who descended down the spiral of self-radicalisation after watching ISIS propaganda and Bashar al-Assad’s brutality in Syria.
Ali Harbi Ali, 26 – who was today found guilty of Sir David’s murder – grew up in Croydon, South London with his mother and three siblings, where neighbours described him as a ‘happy boy’ who often played football in the street.
Ali attended Parish Church Junior and Infant school – now Minster Junior – in Croydon, which was a short walk from his home, and he is thought to be one of the first Muslim pupils in the Christian School.
He was later joined there by his two sisters and brother with teachers recalling that Ali and his siblings all took part in Christian practice, despite their Muslim faith.
Ali Harbi Ali, 26, was born in Britain and grew up in Croydon, South London with his mother and three siblings, where neighbours described him as a ‘happy boy’
One teacher said: ‘They…