I didn’t know Baraka well – we met in Sixth Form and we shared a politics class. From the very first day, her shining intelligence was evident; whilst much of the class was rowdy and disruptive, she sat at the front like a beacon of calm and brightness. She always appeared wise beyond her years, her soothing and rational voice always issuing an admiring stillness amongst the rest of us. I am so deeply saddened to hear of her passing – the world could only have become a better place with her in it. I really hope she knew how admired she was by her classmates, and how even in death we continue to admire her strength, intelligence and beauty. Rest in peace Baraka.