Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - > ENDA MULLEN RE­PORTS:

THE griev­ing mother of Jay­don James has made an im­pas­sioned plea for peo­ple in Coventry to help se­cure jus­tice for her son.

Speak­ing pub­licly for the first time since 16-year-old Jay­don was fa­tally stabbed in Wood End on Novem­ber 24, Gemma James also called on peo­ple to sup­port West Mid­lands Po­lice’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In a trib­ute is­sued by the force on her be­half, Gemma de­scribed her son as a “lovely, thought­ful lad”.

She also spoke out against seek­ing ret­ri­bu­tion, say­ing it would “make an aw­ful sit­u­a­tion even worse”.

“Jay­don was a lov­ing son, brother, un­cle, nephew and grand­son,” said Gemma.

“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.”

Gemma added: “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 Novem­ber 24.

He died in hospi­tal soon af­ter be­ing ad­mit­ted.

His two friends, who were also in­jured, have since been re­leased from hospi­tal. De­tec­tives ar­rested a 16-year-old youth from an ad­dress in Ox­ford on Novem­ber 29 in con­nec­tion with the 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 Oc­to­ber 19.

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

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about Jay­don’s death is urged to con­tact the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111.

Call­ers will not 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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