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Mum of stabbed Coventry teen speaks out

The grieving mum of a boy fatally stabbed in Coventry's pleaded with people in the city to help her get justice for her son.

Gemma James − speaking publically for the first time since her son Jaydon was murdered in Wood End on 24 November − has pleaded with Coventry’s communities to work with detectives in their bid to put the killer behind bars.

In a tribute issued by West Midlands Police on her behalf she describes 16-year-old Jaydon as a "lovely, thoughtful lad" − and said seeking violent retribution for the murder was not the answer.

She said: "Jaydon was a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew and grandson. He was a kind person and thoughtful to others, especially the homeless and he would often donate clothes to those less fortunate.

"I don’t want anyone to take matters into their own hands and to use Jaydon’s death as an excuse to start conflict or to seek their own retribution. That will not solve anything and would make an awful situation even worse.

"I want people to work with the police to get justice for Jaydon. I need people to tell them what happened and who was responsible. Justice needs to come through the courts and with the killer or killers spending their life behind bars − not by exacting any kind of revenge through violence.

"I know people out there, people who knew Jaydon, know who is responsible for my son’s death and I would urge them with all my heart to please do the right thing and speak to the police."

Jaydon was with friends in Deedmore Road, Wood End, when he was stabbed on Saturday 24 November; he died in hospital soon after being admitted.

His two friends, who were also injured, have since been released from hospital.

West Midlands Police detectives arrested a 16-year-old male youth from an address in Oxford on 29 November in connection with the fatal stabbing.

The teen, of no fixed address but with links to Coventry, was bailed on suspicion of murder but charged with an unconnected robbery on 19 October.

He has been remanded into secure youth detention ahead of his next court appearance on 7 December.

Anyone with information can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Callers won’t be asked for their names and calls cannot be traced.

Alternatively people can call West Midlands Police directly in confidence on 101.

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