A FAMILY has been left heartbroken after 16-year-old Jaydon Washington James was stabbed to death in Wood End, Coventry on Saturday night (November 24).
He was with friends in Deedmore Road just before midnight when they were attacked.
Jaydon’s friends were also seriously injured in hospital, where Jaydon passed away.
His family have joined police in appealing for information to trace those responsible.
They said: “The family are deeply saddened by what has happened, we urge anyone to come forward with any information regarding the person responsible for taking our boy JJ, known to his family as Juie.
“Thank you for all the support we have received.”
Detective Chief Inspector Edward Foster, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “We have officers working around the clock to find those responsible for this horrific and deeply tragic attack.
“Jaydon had only just turned 16 with his whole life ahead of him. Words cannot describe the anguish that his family are going through, and we will leave no stone unturned in the hunt for his killer.
“We have several lines of enquiry, but I would still urge anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.pnn.police.uk from 8am to midnight.
Alternatively you can call 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.
Jaydon’s sister Jayda took to Facebook last night to pay an emotional tribute to her little brother and call for justice, saying Jaydon was stabbed purely because of the area he lived in.
She wrote: “I can’t believe my little baby brother is gone forever. Jaydon was the sweetest, funniest most kind-hearted boy.
“He didn’t fight, he wasn’t part of a ‘gang’, he was friends with everyone and tried to keep the peace whenever he could.
“Jaydon was stabbed to death because of his postcode, because he was a Wood End boy.
“I can’t believe someone took my brother’s life simply because of the neighbourhood he lived in.
“On behalf of me and my family I would like to thank everyone for all the kind posts and messages we have read them all and it has brought us some happiness to know how loved Jaydon was.
“And thank you to the boys that stuck by Jaydon’s side and waited for help to arrive and made sure me and my mum was aware.
“All we want to do now is find out who took Jaydon’s life, so we can seek justice.
“If you have any idea who any of the GROWN MEN were that we’re involved in the incident that took place in Wood End last night, please message me or call 101 and you can report it anonymously.
“These men are murderers. Please help us get #Justice4Jaydon”
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, in Deedmore Road, has been closed today as police continue the hunt for those who attacked Jaydon.
A message on the school’s website reads: “St Patrick Catholic Primary School is closed tomorrow following a police request and after a serious incident on Saturday evening.
“Part of the school site is cordoned off. School staff and parents of pupils are being notified.”
A fundraiser has also been launched to help Jaydon’s family pay for funeral costs.
Sheila Louise Keane started the donation page on Gofundme and it has raised more than £700 in only 12 hours.
Its target is £5,000.
To donate go to: www.gofundme.com/help-for-jaydens-family?fbclid=IwAR0fewks_8G4kUrp1G9EAjrX2SzSuSWywfhfYtrUa2sUlm9kdmvJwaAtEkE
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