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Mum speaks of her grief at anniversary of son's murder
12:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
THE mum of a murdered schoolboy from Clacton has spoken of her grief coming up to the anniversary of his death.
Jay Whiston, 17, was stabbed to death outside a house party in Marlowe Way, Lexden, Colchester, shortly before 10pm on September 8 last year.
The A-Level student, who was studying at Tendring Technology College in Frinton, had been partying with friends at the house following which he was stabbed three times – including a fatal stab wound to his heart.
He was pronounced dead soon after his arrival at Colchester General Hospital.
His mum, Caroline Shearer, from Aster Close, Clacton, said she has been living in hell since the day her son died.
She said: “He was such a loving person. He was a good boy and he didn’t want to die.
“Coming up to the anniversary feels like a countdown that we can’t escape.
"Our lives will never be the same. Our lives – and Jay’s wishes and dreams – have been destroyed.
“It has been so hard to get through the year, but the campaign has given us something to focus on.”
Following Jay’s death, Mrs Shearer launched the Only Cowards Carry weapons awareness campaign.
She has called for tougher sentences for carrying weapons and for weapons awareness to be included on the national curriculum.