The mum of an 18-year-old who was allegedly murdered has spoken of her unbearable pain, saying: “My soul left at my son’s bedside”.
“Cheeky and charming” Jack, who lived in Gateshead, was discovered injured at approximately 9.30pm on Saturday October 16.
He was taken to hospital where he tragically died as a result of his injuries the following day, reports Chronicle Live.
Now, his devastated family have vowed to take a stand on knife crime and have set up a GoFundMe page in honour of their “beautiful blue-eyed boy”.
Jack’s mum Zoe Mcgill, stated: “Our beautiful, cheeky but charming young man Jack was enjoying a night at the fun fair with his girlfriend.
“His injuries were absolutely horrific. His brothers Jayden, 13, and Jenson, six, have asked we help raise funds to all involved in such tragedy.
“We cannot even begin to put into words our pain right now. We need to make a stand on knife crime and the lasting effects it holds over loved ones left behind.
“We would also like to raise funds to show our appreciation to our amazing NHS and the amazing staff and critical care team at the RVI .
“My soul left at my son’s bedside. If anything comes of his horrific death I would like to bring change. Sleep well our beautiful blue-eyed boy. Until we meet again.”
A total of seven teenagers, aged between 14 and 17, have appeared in court charged jointly with Jack’s murder.
More than £750 has already been raised by the community, including a £300 donation from the Connor Brown Trust.
Connor, 18, died after he was attacked in an alleyway near Sunderland’s Gatsby’s pub on February 24, 2019, when he stepped in to defend others.
Leighton Barrass, then 20, was jailed for a minimum of 20 years for murder, while his accomplice Ally Gordon, also 20, was sentenced to three and a half years for manslaughter.
Ever since his death, his parents Tanya and Simon vowed to continue his legacy and recently launched the Connor Brown Trust to help young people and prevent knife crime in the community.
They have spoken of their heartbreak after another teenager “had his life taken away so soon”.
In a Facebook post, they said: “We are absolutely devastated to hear about the tragic passing of another young person. It really wasn’t his time to go.
“Knife crime causes absolute heartache throughout families, friendship groups and local communities.
“It is never ok to carry a knife, no matter what the age, but for it to be so prominent in our younger generation is truly terrifying.”
Jack’s alleged attackers appeared separately in the dock at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
The charge of murder was read to each, but no pleas were taken.
The defendants, three aged 14, one each of 15 and 16, and two of 17, will appear next at Newcastle Crown on Friday October 22.
All were remanded into local authority care or youth detention.
Two 15-year-olds held as part of the murder probe have been released under investigation.
Northumbria Police said its inquiries into Jack’s death were continuing and appealed for witnesses to come forward by calling 101 quoting log NP-20211016-1193 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
To donate to the Gofundme page, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/life-for-a-knife.
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