24th Murdered London Teenager: "CJ" Father in Impassioned Plea to Prime Minister
The grief-stricken father of tragic murdered Walthamstow teenager, Charles Hendricks, Snr, 55, whose son, Charles Junior "CJ" Hendricks,18, was stabbed by a single knife wound last month, to become England's 24th teenage street murder victim, has made a heartfelt plea to Prime Minister Gordon Brown to do something to stop the violence sweeping the country. Since "CJ's death, two more teenagers have been stabbed to death, one 16, in Liverpool and one 14 year-old in Hackney.
HE father of murdered teenager CJ Hendricks is calling for direct action be taken to prevent more senseless deaths.
Charles Hendricks Snr, 55, is trying to come to terms with the death of his son - who was stabbed near Walthamstow bus station - and is considering how he can use his son’s tragic death to create positive change.
He is writing an impassioned letter to the Prime Minister demanding more direct action to prevent knife crime, and is considering how he can campaign against knife crime on behalf of his son.
He said: “The teenagers must stop what they are doing. The Government finds ways to try to pressurise teenagers but it needs to be something stronger than what they are doing. The message is not strong enough. They can build spaceships to go on the moon - why can’t they sort a problem like this out?
“The future is very black for the teenagers of today. And with the credit crunch, crime will be on the increase.”
The Gangs: You and Your Child” booklet suggests looking out for teenagers using new slang words, a new nickname and acquiring possessions or money. And parents are advised to become more involved in their child's life, familiarising themselves with their friends.
But Mr Hendricks, from Leytonstone, said that the message will fall on deaf ears because teenagers don’t listen to their parents.
He said: “Most of them don’t communicate with their parents. The media is putting out the message not to carry knives but teenagers don’t get the news.
“They need to target the teenagers through a medium they have access to and fund the right time of day when there will be an audience of young people. Many teenagers like their walkmans, so they could do more on the radio.”
Hundreds of tributes have been made to the teenager on social networking group Facebook, and dozens of flowers, cards and items belonging to the teenager were left as a memorial near the scene of his death.
Mr Hendricks added: “I never realised he had so many friends. A lot of people knew and respected him, so something good has to come out of it.”
- A 16-year-old boy has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of Charles 'CJ' Hendricks. The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded in custody until December 8 when he will appear at the Old Bailey.
Two other boys, aged 16 and 17, remain in police custody. A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy have been bailed until later this month pending further inquiries.
Six youths have been arrested by police following a disturbance at an impromptu tribute site set up to Charles Junior "CJ" Hendricks at the spot were the 18-year-old youth was brutally stabbed to death, it has been revealed.
The youths had been involved in an alleged attempted mugging of a twelve year-old girl which led to a fight breaking out, it has been claimed by a local paper.
A DISTURBANCE near the site where tributes to murdered teenager Charles Junior 'CJ' Hendricks have been laid has led to arrests.
A witness said there was shouting at the scene beside Walthamstow Central bus station around 5.30pm today (Thursday).
Police arrived in two vans and three cars and around six youths were taken away. [/q]
It has now been revealed that police believe "CJ" Hendricks the tragic teenager killed by a single stab wound knew his killer.
A teenager stabbed to death near an Olympic party site probably knew his attackers, police sources said last night.
Charles Junior Hendricks, - known as CJ - was knifed close to a park in Walthamstow, East London, on Sunday at 1.40am. Police sources fear CJ was stabbed by members of a gang after a fall-out.
Met police chief John Sandlin last night appealed for witnesses.
Friends and family yesterday left cards and flowers in tribute to the 18-year-old student. CJ's gran, Weda Campbell, said: "He was a beautiful boy. I'm telling you this from my heart."
It is suspected today that the 24th victim of knife and gun crime, Charles Junior"CJ" Hendricks, 18, found in a pool of blood in Waltham on Saturday, may have been a victim of turf wars. Police say they are keeping an open mind over the motive until the post mortem has established exact cause of death. Two men aged 19 and 17 have been arrested in connection with the incident.
The youth's tragic death has sparked off a race row, with some community leaders accusing the police of "letting black boys die", a claim angrily denied by the police. Not all of the teenage victims have been black, some have been Asian, some working-class, some middle-class.
Yesterday, his friends said CJ, as he was known, was not a gang member but the victim of rivalry between two groups.
One woman, visiting the spot where he was killed, said: "It's called gang war. He wasn't in a gang himself, but he got caught up in something that was going on, he was in between something."
Another friend, Tiffeny Alexander, 20, an admin worker, said: "He never started any trouble. He wasn't a follower, he was a leader, and he always tried to tell everyone the right things to do. He had just passed his college exams. Out of everyone I know he was doing well with his life.
"What has happened was completely unpredictable, because he doesn't cause trouble and obviously the trouble has come to him. He had loads of friends and he was really popular."
Police arrested two youths aged 17 and 19 in connection with the attack, but the latter was yesterday released on bail.
The Metropolitan police said detectives were waiting for the results of a postmortem examination and were keeping an open mind about why Hendricks was killed
The wave of youth knife crime continues in England with an 18 year-old youth stabbed to death in Walthamstow, East London in the early hours of today. Officials have cancelled Olympic handover ceremonies in Waltham Town Square.
Waltham Forest is one of the planned venues of the London 2012 Games.
Two men aged 20 and 17 have been arrested in connection with the crime.
UPDATE: The youth has been named:
Charles Junior Hendricks, known to his friends as CJ, was found by police on a routine patrol near a bus garage in Walthamstow.
Officers had noticed two or three men running away from a street at around 1.40am and found the teenager lying on the pavement suffering from a single stab wound.
It is understood the victim knew his attackers and the stabbing may have happened following a "petty dispute".
Charles became the 24th teenager to be murdered in London this year, 18 of whom have been fatally stabbed. A total of 26 teenagers were killed in London last year. [/q]
An 18-year-old man has been stabbed to death near a bus garage in Walthamstow, east London.
A routine police patrol found the teenager lying wounded near Selborne Road at 0140 BST. He was pronounced dead in hospital.
A man in his 20s and a 17-year-old youth have been arrested in connection with the incident and are in custody.
The council leader is now calling for a meeting with other local authority chiefs to tackle knife crime.
The 18-year-old victim is the 24th teenager to be killed in a stabbing or a shooting in London this year.