‘His killer is still out there’: Heartbroken dad of boy, 14, stabbed to death pleads for justice

The father of a 14-year-old boy stabbed to death in Croydon has posted a heart breaking message about how his son’s killer is ‘still out there’.

Jermaine Cools was stabbed multiple times during a fight in London Road near West Croydon station at around 6.40pm on Thursday (November 18).

He managed to make it to a nearby hospital shortly after 7pm but could not be saved.

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Jermaine’s dad, Julius Cools, has shared a number of photos of his late son online.

In one Facebook post he wrote of his son’s killer: ‘he[s] still out there’.

Jermaine Cools’ family are ‘in shock and in pieces’ at his loss

Jermaine’s mum, 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 ask for some time to grieve and make sense of the loss of our amazing beautiful son.”

Police arrived at the scene of the fight but found no suspects or victims and no arrests have been made so far.

A post-mortem confirmed Jermaine died of multiple stab wounds and a murder investigation has been launched.

Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh, leading the investigation, said they were making good progress.

He said: “While our investigation continues to make good progress I am still appealing to anyone who witnessed this fight in the vicinity of West Croydon station on Thursday evening to come forward.

“I am also keen to hear from any road users who may have captured events on dashcam – your footage could prove to be vital in piecing together what happened.

“Jermaine’s family have been left devastated by his murder and we need to identify the person responsible for this.

“If you can help please get in touch with my team or you can leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers.”

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Jermaine was the 27th teenage homicide victim in London this year.

There are fears London could pass the grim record total of teenage facilities in the city, which was 29 in 2008.

Any witnesses to the attack on Jermaine, or anyone with any information, is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference CAD 6179/18Nov, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers, 100 per cent anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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