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Tributes pour in after Lichfield singer dies on railway line

China Red's Sam Maritza

China Red's Sam Maritza

Tributes have been paid to a singer who died after being hit by a train in Lichfield.

Sam Maritza, who performed with city-based band China Red was killed on the line near Trent Valley railway station on June 9.

A message posted by the band on their Facebook page said:

“Can’t believe what’s happened. Such a talent lost. Our love goes to the Maritza family.”

Another online tribute to the singer from Pollyorange added:

“She had an amazing energy, a spirit that would lift the room. Fun, capricious and above all else, a really lovely young woman. Her chaotic and creative ways were inspiring and her style was unique. She didn’t fit into any mould, but perhaps broke a few along the way!”

The singer’s group made it through to the live shows of the Live and Unsigned competition, giving the band a chance of performing at London’s O2 Arena. The video below shows them practising their entry for the live show in Leamington Spa.


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  1. Nick Brickett

    17th June, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Our greatest sympathies go out to Sam’s family. Such a tragic and sudden loss. Everyone who knew Sam will miss her greatly.

  2. Brian Pretty

    23rd June, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Very upset at the tragic death of such a talented young person , who could forget her wonderful performance at last year’s Fuse. This coupled with her enthusiasm for any quirky off -beat performance I well remember her charity fashion show at the Guildhall . It was not just a  ‘normal’ show it was a complete  show.She wil be sadly missed

  3. danni

    23rd June, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Such a beautiful young woman in every possible way. Some people are just too beutiful for this world but angels live in our hearts forever. Goodnight sam.

  4. Jamie

    23rd June, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Shocked to the core. Sam was absolutely mint, quirky, funny and absolutely beautiful. So sad to hear the news, my thoughts go out to everyone involved. love ya sam!x