Jayden remembered by school pupils and staff

The Oxford Times: Flowers are left at the church.         Picture: Damian Halliwell Flowers are left at the church. Picture: Damian Halliwell

Tributes have been paid by Didcot Girls’ School, where Jayden studied between 2010 and June this year, and the TRAIN youth organisation in Didcot, which she was also involved in.

Didcot Girls’ headteacher Rachael Warwick said: “We are deeply sad to hear this news. Jayden was a member of the Didcot Girls’ School community until the end of last year and she will be missed by all who knew her. Our very best wishes go to Jayden’s friends and family.”

Youth worker Paul Gander said: “Didcot TRAIN youth project met Jayden three years ago through our schools and street work.

“She was a bright spark and will be missed. I remember only two months ago she was in our office and she made a comment about something which really made me laugh. She really was a bright spark.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”

Politicians also paid tribute.

Wantage and Didcot MP Ed Vaizey said the whole community had been affected by the tragedy.

He said: “This is very sad news indeed. We have needlessly lost a young person who had their whole life ahead of them. My thoughts and prayers are with Jayden’s family, who must be suffering unimaginable distress.

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“The whole community has been shocked by what has happened. I would like to pay tribute to the police, who have worked tirelessly to find Jayden and support her family. They have been truly outstanding.”

And Didcot West county councillor Nick Hards, also a lay minister at All Saints’ Church, said Jayden’s family, the murder suspect’s family, and the family of the person’s grave “desecrated” by the crime, were all affected.

He said: “There are an awful lot of people in Didcot feeling very raw about this.”

Didcot Town Council leader Margaret Davies added: “Most people are relieved that she has been found but very sad she is no longer with us. She is a little lost lamb.

“We had all been hoping against hope that she would be found alive but at the same time realising it was unlikely.

“So many people in Didcot have been affected by this tragic event.”


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