By Haydn Jeavons
The utterly senseless murder of Jodie Chesney in Harold Hill shocked our community. To think that an innocent young woman could be taken from us so brutally was unbelievable.
But that is the reality we have faced and something that has been difficult to come to terms with, even for many who did not know the 17-year-old from Dagenham.
Havering is no stranger to killings, of course. Despite being one of the safest London boroughs statistically, we have seen to much blood shed in recent years.
But yesterday, the thousands who turned up to the peaceful march in Jodie’s memory – and also to highlight the need for more police on our streets – did something very special.
We showed that Havering will not sit back and allow this violence to continue. We showed that community spirit is stronger than many people realise.
In a world that often feels as though it’s full of hate, last night we showed love. Love for Jodie and her family, love for our neighbours and love for the place we live in.
Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people have viewed the footage from the march on social media and television.
We have shown them what it means to be a community. How we feel about the horrendous levels of crime that we are seeing far too regularly. But most importantly of all, we showed love and compassion.
Jodie’s time on this planet was far too short, but we have shown that she will never be forgotten.
And something else we shouldn’t forget is that Jodie’s family will still be grieving. Our thoughts at Time 107.5 continue to be with everyone who knew her.
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