Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Cradled Stabbed Boy as He Lay Dying, Says Mother Walking Home from School

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Cradled Stabbed Boy as He Lay Dying, Says Mother Walking Home from School

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Byline: John Dunne, Benedict Moore-Bridger and Anna Dubuis

A WOMAN today told how she cradled a dying teenager in her arms after he became the second boy stabbed to death in London in only 48 hours.

Jamil Palmer, 18, was knifed as he walked through a park with a friend in yesterday afternoon.

Mother-of-four Tara Thornley, 42, who fought to save his life, said she was walking her nine-year-old son home from school in Feltham when the victim's friend stopped her and begged for help.

She told the Standard: "He sounded desperate and was calling me over to a bit of scrubland.

"I left my boy on the path and fought my way through some nettles and saw a boy lying down and covered in blood. His eyes were open and he was gurgling.

"He could not speak but I could see how serious the wound was. I put my hand on his forehead, stroked him and kept saying, 'Stay with me'. He stopped breathing at one point, which was terrifying, but started again.

"Paramedics arrived and I tried to help them. I did everything I could.

"As a mother I felt so bad for him and I think I'll have nightmares about this for ever. I couldn't even tell how long I was with him, I was in a haze. I'll never forget the look in his eyes. It was empty. I knew he was dying."

The attack in Crane Park happened less than 48 hours after A-level student Alim Uddin, 17, was beaten and stabbed to death after a row over a second-hand bike in in Brixton.

Jamil, a keen footballer and Arsenal fan, is believed to have been chased through the park but could not outrun his attacker and was stabbed in an overgrown patch of grassland surrounded by trees and shrubs. Police and paramedics were called at about 3.30pm. The London Ambulance Service said "extensive efforts" were made to resuscitate him after he went into cardiac arrest. He was flown to a central London hospital by helicopter but later died. …

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