The father of a 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Croydon has sent a heartbreaking message about how his son’s killer ‘is still out there’.
Jermaine Cools was stabbed several times during a fight on London Road near West Croydon station around 6.40pm on Thursday (November 18).
He managed to get to a nearby hospital shortly after 7pm, but he could not be rescued.
Jermaine’s father, Julius Cools, has shared a number of photos of his deceased son online.
In a Facebook post, he wrote about his son’s killer: ‘he[s] still out there ‘.
Jermaine’s mother, Lorraine Dudek, has spoken of her pain at his loss.
She told MyLondon: “This was my son Jermaine Cools, we are in shock and in pieces and asking for some time to mourn and understand the loss of our amazingly beautiful son.”
Police arrived at the scene of the fight but found no suspects or victims and no one has been arrested so far.
An autopsy confirmed that Jermaine died of multiple stab wounds and a murder investigation has been launched.
Chief Inspector of the Capital Police, Richard Vandenbergh, who is leading the investigation, said they were making good progress.
He said: “While our investigation continues to make good progress, I still appeal to anyone who witnessed this fight near West Croydon station on Thursday night to step forward.
“I’m also eager to hear from any road users who may have captured events on dashcam – your footage may prove crucial in putting together what happened.
“Jermaine’s family has been destroyed by his murder and we need to identify the person responsible for this.
“If you can help, contact my team or you can leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers.”
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Jermaine was the 27th teenage murder victim in London this year.
There are fears that London could surpass the dismal record in all of the city’s teenage facilities, which was 29 in 2008.
Any witnesses to the attack on Jermaine, or anyone with any information, should call the police on 101, refer to CAD 6179 / 18Nov, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers, 100 percent anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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