Jodie Chesney, 17, was stabbed to death in the park in Havering, London, while sitting on a park bench with her boyfriend
The is the first picture of a teenage girl stabbed to death in a “random attack” in a park in London.
Jodie Chesney, 17, was knifed so hard the weapon snapped, leaving the blade inside her body as passersby and medics battled to save her life.
It is believed two men attacked the A level student before being chased by two others.
Devastated friends and family of the teenager have paid tribute to her.
Her cousin, also 17, confirmed her identity when he arrived at the park in Harold Wood, east London, where she was murdered on Friday night to pay his respects.
The lad, who asked not to be named, said he had not seen Jodie for several years, but was told about her death this morning.
He said: “We are family, but I have not seen her properly in eight to 10 years.”
He added: “I was not that close to her. I found out this morning.
“She has a sister, Lucy; her dad, Peter, and her mum must be in bits.”
It is understood that Jodie was studying for her A-levels at Havering Sixth Form College.
Mum-of-three Teresa Farenden, 49, and her pal Kelly Smith, 36, ran to the park to try and save Jodie after Teresa’s son heard shouting and screaming.
Teresa said: “It is so traumatic – she is not going to have any children, she is not going to get married – it has all been taken away.
“She was such an attractive girl and her boyfriend was a lovely looking lad.”
When the two women entered the park, they found the victim lying on her back and moaning with her boyfriend by her side.
They put her in the recovery position, tried CPR and called for an ambulance – but said she died shortly after paramedics arrived at the scene in Amy’s Play Site in Harold Hill, Havering, on Friday.
She was pronounced dead at 10.26pm.
Teresa said: “People are scared to help, but all I was thinking with my mother’s instinct was ‘I need to help’.
“Her boyfriend did everything he could. When I came over she was on her back so I moved her onto her side.
“Then the boyfriend’s friend came over with some kitchen roll.
Then there was another girl and a man came over in a van to help and took his coat off to keep it on the wound and keep it compressed as much as they could.
“I think he was the dad of one of the boyfriend’s friends.
“I was just trying to keep her legs in the recovery position because she was heavy, like a dead weight.
“Just as the ambulance crew turned up, she had gone. It was devastating.”
Teresa continued: “It just seems so random; it must’ve been horrific for her boyfriend and those other young people there to experience.
“My son was playing his X-box but he turned the volume down because he heard a lot of screaming over there.
“It must have been about 9.20pm; I was watching Vera on the telly before going into the kitchen.
“It is just unreal – I think ‘God, it could have been my daughter.’”
“I thought it was a boy who was hurt because you’re used to seeing these things in the news but it was a girl: a girl, a young girl.”
She added: “Kelly came out after and was trying to talk to her and keep her awake – she was brilliant.
“She has to go to work the next day – I don’t know how she did it. I could hardly sleep after it happened.”
Friends of the victim described her as “the nicest person” who “never stopped smiling”.
She’d been studying for her A levels.
The victim is the 65th teenager to be murdered in London in three years.
Police have stepped up patrols in the area and appealed for help in tracking those responsible down.
Acting Detective Chief Superintendent John Ross, of the Met’s East Area Command Unit, said: “Yesterday a 17-year-old girl lost her life, and I want to express my deepest sympathies to this girl’s family and friends.
“Her death is a tragedy. I can reassure them and the whole community that we are doing everything possible to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible.
“It is days like these that really do highlight how we must continue to work tirelessly with our partners and the public to tackle knife crime.
“The victim was fatally stabbed at 9.25pm last night in a park in Harold Hill.
“I am urging any witnesses, anyone who saw anything suspicious or anyone with information about the incident to contact police and share what they know.”
He added: “There will be additional police patrols in and around the Harold Hill area in the coming days, and anyone with any information should please speak with those officers.
“Since the middle of last year, we have seen some reductions in knife crime – particularly in relation to people under the age of 25. However we are not complacent.
“Bearing down on violent crime on the streets of London is a top priority for the Met, and I am clear that the people of Havering and communities across London have an absolutely vital role to play.
“We need to hear from anyone who has information that could detect or prevent crime. Your information could take a knife off our streets or save a life.”
The victim’s next of kin have been informed and a post mortem is due to be held.
No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.