The family of a boy found stabbed to death after a New Year’s Eve party in St Helens have turned to the community to help fund a permanent memorial to their loved one.
Jordan Campbell’s body was discovered by firefighters at a flat in Parr on New Year’s Day after a number of small fires were started in the property.
A post-mortem examination revealed he died from a single stab wound. Three men appeared at St Helens Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with the 17-year-old’s murder.
Daniel Joseph Wiltshire, 25, from Wargrave Road in Newton-le-Willows, 22-year-old Ruben Hoather, of Tickle Avenue in Parr and Anthony Mark Wood, 32, from Elephant Lane, Thatto Heath, spoke only to confirm their names and addresses.
All three men were remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court today.
Police believe Jordan, who was from Haydock, was killed at the flat, which was then set alight in a bid to destroy evidence or make the death appear accidental.
They also say the flat in Tickle Avenue was the scene of a New Year’s Eve party which was attended by several people, many of whom may be able to help police piece together more of what happened to Jordan during his final hours.
Det Chief Insp Sue Coombs, who is leading the murder investigation, appealed for more party-goers to come forward.
She said: “We have traced some of the people, but we still need to speak to anyone who was there and hasn’t come forward yet as they may have vital information which could help our investigation.
“I would appeal to anyone who was at the party or anyone with information about the incident, however small, to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.”
Jordan’s family say an online appeal set up in the youngster’s memory raised £1,350 within its first 24 hours - easily surpassing the £1,000 target.
His sister Danni, who set up the Facebook campaign, said Jordan was a “much-loved” son, brother and uncle.
She said: “I have set this page up to help raise money for a mother who needs help.
“Jordan was a much loved son, brother, uncle, grandchild and friend. Everyone is devastated that he was taken in such a cruel way.
“I want to reach to anyone willing and able to make a donation how ever small to this page so that his mother can have something to make a shrine around. I have put a goal but any help would be greatly appreciated.
“We want Jordan to rest in peace and want the best place for him and for us to visit.
“I can’t believe that we have the target. We are amazed and overwhelmed by all of your help.
“Thank you everyone so much. We are trying to give him the best of everything and to think that everyone of you that are making this happen I can’t thank you enough.
“Words can’t describe how thankful we all are for all you help with everything.”