MURDER cops hunting the killer of stabbed teen Jodie Chesney are today looking to solve the unanswered questions surrounding her senseless killing.
Jodie, 17, was brutally stabbed in the back while sitting with her boyfriend and friends in a park in the Harold Hill area of Romford, East London, on Friday night.
Jodie's family and friends say she may have been caught in the crossfire of gang violence either through mistaken identity or a so-called initiation attack.
The teenager's heartbroken gran Debbie Chesney believes the murder may have been carried out by someone looking to gain entry to a gang.
Meanwhile, friends have told The Sun that Jodie – a popular local Girl Scout – was a 'world away' from gangs and knife crime which have blighted the capital over the last 18 months.
One said: “There’s no chance of anything like that. Nothing. It’s not them. If anyone thought that then they made a big mistake.”
As the murder investigation enters its third day, detectives are looking to solve the unanswered questions which have left Jodie's grieving family and friends bewildered.
WHO WERE THE TWO MALES SEEN RUNNING AWAY?
No-one has been arrested in connection with the killing and police are urgently looking to trace two males who approached Jodie and her friends before knifing her in the back.
She was attacked with such ferocity that the weapon snapped and the blade was left lodged in her body.
Police say the two males were loitering in the same park as Jodie and her friends, off St Neot's Road, for 30 minutes before wandering off at around 9pm.
Around half an hour later, they returned and walked straight towards the group before stabbing Jodie once in the back.
They said nothing before running off in the direction of Retford Road.
I am certain that people will have seen the two males hanging around the park or running away
The attacker is described as a black male in his late teens and there is no description of the second male at this stage.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, who is leading the investigation, said: “Although the description of the suspect is limited I am certain that people will have seen the two males hanging around the park or running away from the scene or will otherwise have noticed something suspicious.
"I need those people to call me.”
WAS IT KILLING A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY?
Jodie's friends have said the bright A-level student had nothing to do with local gangs or violence – and her murder must be a case of mistaken identity.
She was cradled by her boyfriend Eddie Coyle, 18, as she lay dying. The pair have been described as the "most normal kids ever" by locals.
Jodie’s devastated schoolfriend Lucy Elkin said: “They were just sat there talking and joking, minding their own business. I don’t even think they were drinking.
“The men just walked up behind her and stabbed her in the back senselessly before running away.
“Not a word was said. Nobody knows who they are. They’re not from around here.
It was completely unprovoked. Everyone is in pieces and can’t process what’s happened or why
“It was completely unprovoked. Everyone is in pieces and can’t process what’s happened or why.”
Another friend added that Jodie was a "world away" from gangs or knives.
They said: "There’s no chance of anything like that. Nothing. It’s not them. If anyone thought that then they made a big mistake."
Witnesses say they heard arguing and shouting in the moments before the attack and then heard a 'disturbing' scream.
WAS JODIE ATTACKED IN A 'GANG INITIATION'?
The teenager's family believe the senseless killing may have been carried out by someone looking to gain entry to a local gang.
Her devastated gran Debbie Chesney wrote on Facebook that it is a "possibility" the attack was carried out 'by gang members tasked with these murders to gain entry to these nasty, violent gangs'.
Begging for an end to street violence, she added: "We don’t want anyone else to go through what our family is suffering.
"This has to stop, there are too many young people having their lives cut short by needless violence."
Jodie's uncle Dave Chesney said: "This was a totally random and unprovoked attack on a beautiful, lovely and quirky young girl with her whole life in front of her."
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Det Ch Insp Dave Whellams urged any witnesses who had not spoken to police yet to contact him.
He said: "There has been excellent support from the local community and a number of people have shared information with police, but there will be other witnesses and people with information that may prove crucial.
"Although the description of the suspect is limited, I am certain that people will have seen the two males hanging around the park or running away from the scene – or will otherwise have noticed something suspicious. I need those people to call me."
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