The A-level student was stabbed to death in Harold Hill, Havering front of boyfriend Eddie Coyle
A devastated boyfriend begged his girlfriend to ‘please, please stay awake’ as she lay dying ‘in his arms’ after a horror stabbing.
Jodie Chesney, 17, was knifed to death in front of him in a children’s play area in Harold Hill, Havering on Friday night.
A witness described boyfriend Eddie Coyle holding Jodie and kissing her face and told how there was a lot of blood.
Eddie was reportedly screaming for help, but Jodie sadly died in his arms as a result of her injuries.
The A-level student was the victim of an apparent random attack and her boyfriend Eddie “did all he could” to save her after she was stabbed so hard the blade broke.
The partner of Eddie’s mother Cylla said he is “in pieces” over the tragic incident.
Teresa Farenden, 49, who lives opposite the scene, ran to help when she heard shouting from what she described as a ‘horror movie’.
She said when she arrived, the teenager still had a slight pulse but said there was a lot of blood.
Speaking to The Sun , Teresa said: “The boyfriend was holding her and kissing her face.
“He was whispering and begging her, ‘Please, please stay awake’.”
But she said soon after: “I turned to look at her and my friend, who had come to help, just said, ‘We’ve lost her’.”
The partner of Eddie’s mum told the Mail on Sunday : “I don’t know how long it will take for Eddie to come back from this.
“To have to witness what he did is devastating. I can’t even begin to imagine what he’s going through.
“His mum is heartbroken and right now we just want to do everything we can to help him. These are just kids we’re talking about, this should not be happening to them.”
Mum-of-three Teresa Farenden and her friend 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.
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.’”
Acting Detective Chief Superintendent John Ross, of the Met’s East Area Command Unit, said on Saturday: “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 (Friday) 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.”