Sitting in his home in the quiet, sunny town of Buff Bay, Jamaica, the father afflicted by the tragic schoolboy Jaden Moodie is still trying to come to terms with his son's cold-blooded murder. Julian Moodie was out shopping when devastating news came on Tuesday, via a phone call, just minutes after 14-year-old Jaden was thrown from his moped into a car in an East London street and stabbed in the back seven times by a gang of men. "So the pictures arrived on my phone," says fifty-year-old Moodie. "And then I fainted. I could not believe. "My ex-wife, Jada, called me and said she was cooking Jaden's dinner when someone called her in. She ran into the street and saw him on the ground."
Julian Moodie (left) at home in Jamaica with his sister Rosie (right) talks about the death of his son Jaden MoodieMr Moodie is adamant Jaden's death was a case of mistaken identity, that his son was a & rsquo; person helpful and loving and non-violent, & that there was never any inclination that was in & # 39; fault & # 39;. & # 39; I was on the phone with him on the Friday before it happened and I told him, "All I want you to do is stay out of trouble and do something about your life." "But while disturbing evidence grows that Jaden may have been a slave to drug gangs in the Waltham Forest where he lived, the Mail can reveal that Mr. Moodie himself has been in prison for drug offenses, an undercover operation of the Essex police in 2008, and in February 2009 he was jailed for three years. and a half to Basildon Crown Court for contracting crack cocaine When he appeared in court, his father out of six claims to have addressed himself as a way to earn a living for his family did not have much weight with Judge Alice Robinson, who told him: "The supply of drugs is a pernicious business. It causes unspeakable misery not only for those who are addicted to drugs, but for the vast public who suffers because of the vast knock-on effect of offenses. "Ten years ago and there are alarming signs that the judge's words have come back to haunt Mr. Moodie in the most painful way possible.
The images of Jaden Moodie for children published online by her sister Leah Green, Jaden is said to have two years in the picture on the right, perhaps just as painful is the discovery of Mail this week that, until the end of her life, Jaden it was at a crossroads, divided between the right and the wrong path and uncertain which way to turn. That afternoon, as he whizzed through the streets of Waltham Forest on a moped, Jaden had stopped to chat with volunteers on a youth bus & # 39; charity. The bus, run by the Christian charity Worth Unlimited, is headed to Bickley Road, in Leyton, in the East of London, at the same time, and on the same day, every week, offers support, advice and fun activities beyond a safe haven for young people in an area deeply affected by group violence and juvenile delinquency. It was not the first time that Jaden visited him, but on Tuesday he decided not to join the others on board for some video games. Perhaps he was offended by the volunteers who were interrogating him on a moped.
Jaden Moodie (in the center) in the photo of her school uniform at the age of eight. He claimed to be 16 years old, but clearly he did not look. In any case, at 16.30, he was back on his way. Two hours later, Jaden was thrown from his moped and fatally stabbed in the back seven times. He was only 50 meters away from the youth bus when he bleed to death. Evidently he had tried to escape from the gang of men who had captured and killed him and attempted to reach the bus sanctuary. Two young workers who had previously chatted with him were among the first on the scene, rushing out with a first aid kit to help a passing cop to try desperately to save the boy's life. According to charity, the couple was also left traumatized to talk about what happened after seeing the boy die in front of them. But their meeting with Jaden during the last hours of her life illustrates the extent to which this young teenager was at a crossroads in her life.
Jaden Moodie had already posted photos of himself holding bundles of money on social media. Still a very child, he was staggering to the outskirts of the mortal world of drugs and county gangs known to exploit young children. It is mourning mother and brothers, I can only think of the boy they lost, his contagious character and his charm. "He had a huge heart and would do anything for everyone, especially his family," they said. But on Facebook and Instagram, Jaden loved to call himself a "puncher" and a "trapper" – a gangster patois for "gunman" and "drug mule". He has published photographs of himself waving bundles of £ 50 and £ 20 notes and posing on a scooter without a license plate.
The teenager (pictured above) had also posted photos of himself on his scooter. Most of them bothered with everything, the Mail saw a video posted by Jaden posing with a gun, suggesting that, at least, he admired the gangsters' lifestyle and, quite possibly, entered it. Shortly before Christmas, the teenager was expelled from the Heathcote school in Chingford, according to the other students because of something his teachers had seen on social media. None of this, of course, makes his death less tragic. For these seemingly conflicting descriptions of Jaden both as a loved son and as a young man who had been lured into a criminal world, they are, above all, a sign of how complex a problem the Great Britain gangs have become. According to the operations manager of Worth Unlimited, Matt Perry: "These gangs are run by older people who target and recruit school-age children.It's a process of treatment.We are aware of the children who have a lot more money than we do you would expect them to have. "There were also signs that Jaden desperately wanted to stay on the right track. She has had dreams of becoming a professional boxer and, according to her family, she should have started training in a boxing academy next month. Julen's parents, Julian and Jada, met in Jamaica in 1999. Jada was pregnant with Jaden's older sister when they moved to the United Kingdom. "The UK was a beautiful place, I thought it would be a better life for everyone," said Moodie. They married East London in May 2001, and Jaden was born in Leicester in June 2004. Much of her life seems to have been spent in the Arnold Nottingham area with her mother and her siblings.
Jaden Moodie (left and right) was killed when he was rammed by his scooter and stabbed. After his father completed his conviction in 2010, he had to return to Jamaica because the British government told him to leave. "It did not stop me from having a relationship with my children," says Mr. Moodie. He spoke regularly online, and Jaden spent the summer with his father in Jamaica in 2016. In the modern estate where they lived in a new semi-detached house rented through a local real estate association, news of Jaden's death was welcomed with shock. A neighbor said that Jaden went to school on foot with her and her children. "There have never been any problems with him," he said. Until he moved with his mother to London six months ago to be closer to family members, Jaden was a student at Arnold's Redhill Academy. This week, the school held a special assembly to discuss his death with the pupils. The youth educator Marcellus Baz, who works at the Nottingham School of Boxing, said that Jaden looked like a respectable young respectable man who made a mapping of his life. He wanted to follow the path of construction, painting and decoration. "It seemed like he would have a new start in London. I thought it would be one of those kids that will be all right. "At Waltham Forest, Jaden quickly became popular among his contemporaries, according to a friend he was" always smiling ", and another:" He really was in his music and he was always having fun. I did not know he was involved in something. "
The criminal gangs of London at war: the map above shows the area of London that was most affected by gang violence But clearly there were problems. He attended the Heathcote School and Science College in Chingford for only a few months before being excluded. The school was judged "good" by Ofsted last year. The Waltham Forest district council refused to discuss Jaden's school curriculum this week, but according to his classmates, he was deported – despite being in the set top for almost everything – due to the school activities that teachers had identified on social media . One of Jaden's best friends made it clear that the young teenager felt pulled between the right and wrong path. "I would have told him not to do things for the elderly but he was stubborn." The friend saw Jaden a few minutes before he died. "He was happy, just normal, he was telling me to come with him but I said no, and then, 15 minutes later, I heard someone stabbed on Bickley Road and I knew it was him," he told the Mail. I know why he was killed – I do not even think that Jaden would know that. "Local MP Star Creasy recently drew attention to the links between the deaths of children in gang violence and exclusion from school. He urged the government to give more support to vulnerable teenagers to help them maintain full-time education and make them less vulnerable to gang exploitation.
MP Stella Creasy (pictured above) had previously highlighted the links between the deaths of children in gang violence and exclusion from school. The Waltham Forest area has for years been ruined by the rivalry between two bands, the Beaumont Crew and the Oliver Close Gang – from the name of the properties in the area. A recent academic study on OCG has revealed that gang leaders can earn around £ 130,000 annually from drug sales. Teenager traders, known as & # 39; shotters & # 39; and "trappers", they can earn £ 500 a week, or £ 26,000 a year, if they can secure 150 repeat customers. The younger they are, easier to control and less likely to be stopped by the police. Police has yet to make arrests in connection with Jaden's death. The black Mercedes Class stolen to throw it away from its moped was found abandoned on Carlisle Road, Leyton – a road considered to belong to the Oliver Close Gang territory. Jaden's death comes between an epidemic of murders in London. In 2018, more than 130 people died on the streets of the capital. About a fifth of the victims were teenagers, most of whom were stabbed. At Waltham Forest, the local authority has allocated £ 3 million to spend in an organized crime prevention program over the next four years. In Nottingham, the youth worker Marcellus Baz, who received the Medal of the British Empire for his work with young people, said that the murder of Jaden made him even more determined to continue help those who come from difficult environments to find a job and build normal lives without crimes. "To hear what happened to him is devastating," he said. "We lost a boy who had his future ahead of him." Matt Perry, Operations Director of Worth Unlimited, agrees: "Whatever happened in Jaden's life, he was a child, he was a victim of the failure of the system to protect and support him and his family." Back in Jamaica, Julian still remembers his son's last visit in the summer of 2016 and he wanted there to be something he could do to protect him. "I begged to stay out of the way, try to be somebody, because he had all the opportunities his father did not have, being born in the UK," he says. "I tried to talk to him. I tried. . . "We're sorry, at the moment we do not accept any comments on this article.