Jermaine Cools: Heartbroken mum of teenager stabbed to death cancels Christmas

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Jermaine Cools and his mother Lorraine Dudek  (Supplied)
Jermaine Cools and his mother Lorraine Dudek (Supplied)

A grieving mum of a teenager stabbed to death on the streets of London has cancelled Christmas this year.

Jermaine Cools, 14, was fatally stabbed near West Croydon station at 6.40pm in November.

His devastated mum Lorraine Dudek, 35, shared her heartbreak over her son’s death as she said: “The only thing I want for Christmas can never happen - that is to have Jermaine back.”

Jermaine Cools and his heartbroken mum (Supplied)
Jermaine Cools and his heartbroken mum (Supplied)

She said Christmas has to be shelved this year as she continues to mourns her loss just a month on from the killing.

“We are not celebrating Christmas as Jermaine was the main member of the family that enjoyed Christmas.” She told The Standard.

“As a family we are too devastated by losing Jermaine to even contemplate living without him.

“He always got presents for his family and loved spending the day with us.”

Jermaine became the 27th teenager killed in the capital in 2021 following his death on November 1 (Met)
Jermaine became the 27th teenager killed in the capital in 2021 following his death on November 1 (Met)

Paying tribute to the “the life and soul” of her house, she added: “Jermaine was my life, we were so close and together all the time. I miss his laugh he was always laughing.

“I miss the joy he brought our family and our home without him is just sad. For Christmas, the only thing I want can never happen - that is to have Jermaine back.”

Jermaine became the 27th teenager killed in the capital in 2021 following his death on November 18.

Scotland Yard has already warned the number of fatalities for the year could top 30 young people for the first time, overtaking the record of 29 in 2008.

Jermaine Cools (Supplied)
Jermaine Cools (Supplied)

Det Ch Insp Richard Vandenbergh said: "Jermaine was a central member of his family, and his parents have been left devastated and without a son.

"At the very least, they are owed an explanation for why their son was killed, and police will continue to work relentlessly to ensure the people responsible are held to account."

Jermaine’s family have also launched a fundraiser to pay for his funeral and say “goodbye to our beautiful, loving, happy son”.

To donate, click here.

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