THE family of a teenager who was stabbed to death after being knocked off his moped in a ‘targeted’ attack have denied he was involved with gangs.
Relatives of Jayden Moodie hit out at ‘distressing’ suggestions he was caught up with criminals and said he was ‘murdered in cold blood and deserves a fair chance at justice’.
It comes after photos from his Facebook page emerged — one showing him making a gun sign and another in which he held wads of £20 and £50 notes. It was captioned ‘trapper kid’, a slang term referring to drug dealing.
Residents at the murder scene in Leyton, east London, say the area is notorious for gangs and drug dealing.
But in a statement, Jayden’s family said: ‘He had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone, especially his family.
‘Jayden recently moved from Nottingham to London and had absolutely no affiliation with gangs. The focus needs to be on the fact he has been murdered in cold blood.’
They added: ‘If there are people in our streets capable of killing a 14-year-old child then no one is safe and they need to be caught and brought to justice.’ They spoke out as police said they had recovered a black Mercedes B Class car, thought to have been used in the murder.
Jayden (top) was riding his moped on Tuesday when a car smashed into him, sending him flying into the road unconscious.
Three men got out of the car, stabbed him seven times in the back, then drove off, it is claimed.
Det Ch Insp Chris Soole said: ‘We are treating the recovery of the car as a significant development. We are doing everything we can to find out who was responsible for Jayden’s death.’ Police refused to comment on claims the murder was gang-related.
London-born Jayden was a keen boxer, who idolised heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and once posed for a photo with his hero.
A spokesman for the boxer told Metro he did not know the youngster.