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'My little mentor lives always'
Judy Jones, the mother of murdered Jodi, remembers her daughter.


We have been approached many times to give insight into the kind of person Jodi was.

To make her a person, rather than a victim, I have, and will always be reluctant to do this.

Foremostly, because of Jodi - she would not like the notoriety her death has brought.

Jodi's mother Judy
Jodi's mother Judy is comforted at the girl's funeral
However, today only, I will give a little of how Jodi was.

She fought hard and long to overcome the loss of her dad. Even through this she always had thought and time for others.

She often spoke many words of wisdom to me, thus my little mentor Jodi will live always in all of us. She remains my strength.

She would (and will) be mortified by the use of her diaries by the defence.

These were private and should have remained so.

She had come to a point in her life of getting through her low self-esteem and was happy in having her first boyfriend.

On this I will say no more but that there can never be warnings of this type of evil.

On the use of cannabis there is no detriment to the clever and wise person she was.

Many teenagers wise and clever go through these phases, our only pain is that we never got to see Jodi grow and develop further into the person she was.

Jodi was no different from most people and classified all people as individuals.

Now hopefully we can be left, as Jodi would want, to deal naturally with our loss.



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