TRAGIC Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back as she listened to music with pals on a park bench, cops have said.
The 17-year-old was murdered in cold blood by masked thugs as she sat with her boyfriend Eddie Coyle, 18, in Romford on Friday night.
Mum Claire Gillham was today embraced by loved ones as she lay a bunch of flowers for her daughter.
The heartbroken mum also looked at the touching tributes left for Jodie at the scene of her killing.
It comes after terrified onlookers say they heard rowing in the park before Eddie screamed for help as he begged: “Please, please, stay awake.”
Krystle Pasha, who lives close to the scene of the stabbing, told Sky News she heard arguing and shouting before a “disturbing” scream seconds before the gruesome stabbing.
She said: “I heard a lot of loud arguing, a lot of loud noise, shouting, followed by a really loud scream.”
A source said the couple were sitting on a bench with a male friend when five or six youths went over to them in the “unprovoked” attack.
Desperate passers-by had tried to save the teenager after she was knifed so hard in the back by masked thugs the blade became lodged in her body.
But sadly Jodie slipped away in her boyfriend’s arms on Friday – her father’s 39th birthday.
Witnesses described hearing “blood-curdling” screams for help from her boyfriend.
Teresa Farenden, 49, who lives opposite the scene, heard the shouts and ran to help.
Breaking down in tears, the mum-of-three said: “It was like being in a horror movie.
When I got there she was breathing but it was very shallow, she was groaning and there was a slight pulse.
“There was so much blood. I told the ambulance lady, ‘She needs a blood transfusion, make sure they bring blood’.
“We tried to compress the wound to stop the bleeding but there was just so much.
“The boyfriend was holding her and kissing her face. He was whispering and begging her, ‘Please, please stay awake’.”
The ambulance arrived and I told the 999 call handler.
“She asked me to stay on the phone until the crew had reached us on the park. And in that moment the girl died.
“I turned to look at her and my friend, who had come to help, just said, ‘We’ve lost her’.”
Jodie — who lived with her dad Peter and stepmum Joanne in nearby Dagenham — was the 65th teenager to be murdered in the London area in three years.
Friday was Peter’s 39th birthday. Jodie had posted a picture on Instagram of her with him and said “happy birthday Dad”’ — with a smiley face, a heart and some flowers.
Her grandmother Debbie Chesney paid tribute on Facebook as she called for an end to the violence sweeping the UK.
She said: “This was our youngest granddaughter. How have we come to this point where kids can’t have a walk in a park without suffering an unprovoked attack?
“If anyone knows anything about this please contact the police with information. We don’t want anyone else to go through what our family is suffering right now.
“This has to stop, there are too many young people having their lives cut short by needless violence.”
Jodie’s boyfriend was said to be “in pieces” following the horror.
His mum’s partner told the Mail on Sunday: “Jodie was the nicest, loveliest and kindest person you could meet with everything to look forward to in life.
“I don’t know how long it will take Eddie to comeback from this.
“To have to witness what he did is devastating.”
Jodie was a psychology and sociology student at Havering Sixth Form College.
One relative, who did not want to be named, said: “She was a beautiful, bright girl.
“Everyone is too devastated to speak at this time.”
Jodie had been a ranger guide in the Explorer Scouts — a section of the Scouts for 14-to 18-year-olds. Eddie was also in the Explorer Scouts.
She had met Boris Johnson as part of the group.
In October 2016 she was pictured inside the grounds of Buckingham Palace with fellow Scouts after meeting TV presenter Phillip Schofield.