Jodie Chesney's devastated dad paid tearful visit to mum who frantically battled to save dying teen's life

JODIE Chesney's devastated dad has visited the mum who frantically battled to save the 17-year-old's life after she was knifed in the back.

Peter Chesney went to the home of Teresa Farenden, who ran out in her flip flops when she heard "blood-curdling screams" from the park opposite her home.

The 49-year-old said the knife was plunged so hard into Jodie's back it snapped and became lodged in her back.

She had frantically battled to save the teenager's life but she was declared dead at the scene.

Peter also visited the park in Romford, East London, where his daughter was stabbed as she sat with her boyfriend Eddie Coyle, 18.

He looked at floral tributes left for girl scout Jodie, who was murdered on Friday – his 39th birthday.


It comes after Jodie's family revealed they feared the teen was stabbed as she played music with friends in a case of "mistaken identity".

Speculating online, pals wrote the attack could have been "carried out by gang members that have been tasked with these murders to gain entry to these nasty violent gangs" and to show their loyalty to the group.

Replying grieving Debbie wrote: "It is a possibility. We need to find the culprit to be sure what the reason was. Please if anyone knows anything about this, tell the police."


The 17-year-old’s devastated mum Claire Gillham was pictured yesterday being consoled by family members after leaving flowers at the murder scene.

Tributes were today left where Jodie tragically lost her life, with boyfriend Eddie Coyle, who cradled her in his arms as she lay dying, leaving an emotional message to the young woman.

A card attached to railings yards from where they spent their last moments together reads: “Jodie you are the best thing that could have happened in my life. I will love you always and you will forever be in my heart beautiful.”


Last night pals of the bright A-level student said she was knifed in the back by a gang of unknown youths wearing balaclavas who “didn’t say a word” as they struck.

Jodie’s devastated schoolfriend Lucy Elkin said: “They were just sat there talking and joking, minding their own business. I don’t even think they were drinking.

“The men just walked up behind her and stabbed her in the back senselessly before running away.

“Not a word was said. Nobody knows who they are. They’re not from around here.

“It was completely unprovoked. Everyone is in pieces and can’t process what’s happened or why.”

Another friend said Jodie and Eddie were the “most normal kids ever” and a “world away” from gangs or knives.

Grim 2019 death toll hits 21

The killings of Jodie Chesney and Yousef Makki mean there have been at least 21 fatal stabbings in Britain in 2019.

The youngest victim — Jaden Moodie — was just 14 when he was killed in East London in January

JAN 1: Tudor Simionov, 33, in Park Lane, Mayfair, London; Charlotte Huggins, 33, in Camberwell, South London
JAN 4: Lee Pomeroy, 51, on train near Horsley, Surrey
JAN 8: Jaden Moodie, 14, in Leyton, East London
JAN 27: Kamil Malysz, 34, in Acton, West London
JAN 29: Nedim Bilgin, 17, in Islington, North London; Lajean Richards, 19, in Battersea, South London
FEB 8: Aliny Mendes, 39, in Cheam, Surrey
FEB 10: Dennis Anderson, 39, in East Dulwich, South London
FEB 17: Mohammed Sidali, 16, in Highgate, Birmingham
FEB 18: Bright Akinleye, 22, in Euston, London
FEB 20: Abdullah Muhammad, 16, in Small Heath, Birmingham
FEB 21: Glendon Spence, 23, in Brixton, North London
FEB 23: Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, 19, in Wood Green, North London; Phillip Rooney, 32, in Leigh, near Wigan
FEB 25: David Lopez- Fernandez, 38, in Bethnal Green, East London; Connor Brown, 18, in Sunderland; Hazrat Umar, 17, in Bordesley Green, Birmingham
MAR 1: Jodie Chesney, 17, in Romford, Essex
MAR 2: Yousef Ghaleb Makki, 17, in Hale Barns, Gtr Manchester; woman, 50, in Barnet, North London

Jodie, who had recently joined fellow Girl Scouts on a trip to No 10, is said to have been stabbed so hard that the weapon snapped, leaving the blade lodged in her body.

Jodie’s uncle Rev Dave Chesney, a vicar at an East London church, said the family were devastated over the “random and unprovoked attack on a beautiful and quirky young girl with her whole life in front of her”.

Police said Jodie’s attacker is described as black and in his late teens. No arrests have been made.

The attack comes as police continue their investigations after Yousef Makki, 17, was stabbed to death in Hale, Cheshire.

Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of murder.



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The detective leading the investigation into Jodie's death, DCI Dave Whellams, said: "I am appealing for any witnesses who have yet to speak with police to call me. There has been excellent support from the local community and a number of people have shared information with police, but there will be other witnesses and people with information that may prove crucial.

"Although the description of the suspect is limited, I am certain that people will have seen the two males hanging around the park or running away from the scene – or will otherwise have noticed something suspicious. I need those people to call me."

Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3775, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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