Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Perfect Son Was Always Laughing; Tributes from the Mother of Boy, 15, Stabbed to Death for His Mobile

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Perfect Son Was Always Laughing; Tributes from the Mother of Boy, 15, Stabbed to Death for His Mobile

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Byline: TARIQ TAHIR;VALENTINE LOW

TWO weeks ago Kieran Rodney-Davies celebrated his 15th birthday and his present from his mother was a mobile phone. It was not anything special - a [pounds sterling]79 Nokia- but it was Kieran's, and that was something.

Yesterday that phone cost him his life.

In the street, in the middle of the afternoon, Kieran was stabbed to death as he walked back from the shops with a friend. He was a few yards from home.

The first moment that his mother Antoinette Rodney knew anything was wrong was when Kieran's friend rang her on the buzzer of the flat on the Fulham estate where they lived. She thought they were just being kids, fooling about, and ignored it.

But it was too late anyway. Kieran had managed to stagger about 30 yards before he collapsed, slowly bleeding to death outside the window of a nearby flat.

By the time Mrs Rodney realised something was wrong, an ambulance had already come to take him to hospital. She never saw him alive again.

Today Mrs Rodney is struggling to come to terms with the death of her only son. She said: "I just can't believe it. He wasn't in a gang or into drugs - if he had been I would be prepared for this. It's just a tragedy for this to happen over something so trivial. The telephone was not even that valuable."

Kieran had been off school yesterday with an upset stomach. The last time his mother saw him was about 2.45pm when he went to a nearby computer store to buy a disk. Mrs Rodney said: "The last thing I said to him was, 'bring back the change'.

About 20 minutes later his friend buzzed me on the intercom and said, 'Kieran's round the back on the floor.' I thought they were mucking about."

After the friend buzzed again, Mrs Rodney decided to see what had happened.

"I couldn't see anything. His friend said he'd gone in the ambulance and had all blood on him. …

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