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Jodie Chesney

Jodie Chesney was a young woman – 17 years old – who grew up in a very close-knit family in Upney, Barking & Dagenham. She was attending Havering Sixth form and studying for her A levels in Psychology, Sociology and Photography.

Jodie loved doing so many things. She had achieved the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and was just a few weeks away from completing her Gold! She was also an active scout member and volunteered on many different projects including the Great Runs 5k and supporting local scouting activities for the younger Beavers and Cubs. She was learning to play classical music on her piano and her extracurricular work on photography was a big passion. Jodie would frequently go into London to take photos and in the words of her best friend Clarice – “she loved taking photographs of literally anything… she’d always come in with a big smile on her face and be like ‘let me show you my pictures’”.

Jodie’s Dad Peter describes her -
“Jodie was an extremely kind and giving person and she will be greatly missed. She was a beautiful, well liked, fun young woman who judged no one and loved everyone. As a little girl she was very shy, but her confidence grew from strength to strength as she got older. Her family, friends and her dog Woody meant the world to Jodie and there was never any hidden agenda, ever. She wore her heart on her sleeve and her infectious laugh would light up any room.”

Jodie was stabbed on March 1st 2019 – her Dad’s birthday. She was in a park in Romford with her friends, sitting on a park bench, when a group wearing balaclavas approached them. She was stabbed in the back in an unprovoked attack and died in her boyfriend Eddie’s arms a short while later. She was the 19th person to lose their life to knife crime that year.

Two boys – a 19 year old and a 17 year old – were convicted of her murder. They are serving 26 years and 18 years respectively.

In an impact statement read before sentencing, Jodie's Dad Peter said the death of his daughter "destroyed my life". "I have lost the most precious human being I will ever know".

“She was just wonderful…. Bright… she would do anything for anyone”
Jodie’s uncle, Terry

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