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‘Courageous’ teen to be laid to rest on Wednesday

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A teenager who lost his life in an alleged hit and run in Perth’s southern suburbs earlier this month will be laid to rest tomorrow afternoon.

Abdul-Rahim Popal, who has been remembered as a “courageous and devoted” 16-year-old by his loved ones, died on November 7 after he was dragged by a car following an alleged “arranged meeting” with Kai Dylan Best, who has since been charged over his death.

The teenage victim was in a laneway when 20-year-old Mr Best drove off with Mr Popal holding on to the driver’s side of the car.

Camera IconKai Dylan Best, 20, leaves the Joondalup Magistrates Court after being granted bail.Picture: Danella Bevis Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

It’s claimed Mr Best, who is facing manslaughter charges, continued to accelerate while Mr Popal continued to cling to the ute before he fell from the moving vehicle.


Following Mr Popal’s sudden death, his family said they were touched by the outpouring of community grief, with many having laid flowers at the scene to pay their respects.

The family said Abdul had “touched the hearts of so many” and described the teen as a “merciful, brave, courageous and devoted boy”.

A candle and bouquets of flowers adorn the alleyway where Clarkson teenager Abdul Popal died.
Camera IconA candle and bouquets of flowers adorn the alleyway where Clarkson teenager Abdul Popal died. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian, Kelsey Reid

“He was always there to help anyone who needed help … his warmth and smile would light up the room,” they said in a statement.

Mr Popal’s funeral will be held at 1pm tomorrow at the Masjid Al Taqwa in Mirrabooka and the burial will be after that at Guilford Cemetery.

A memorial service for the youngster will be held on Friday at 2pm at True North Church.

Mr Best was last week set bail at a $10,000 personal undertaking and a $50,000 surety and will next appear in court on January 18.

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