Last Updated on May 20, 2020
A 7-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a total stranger in a park in North-West England on Mother’s Day, March 22, as she rode her scooter at Queen’s Park, Heaton.
Police say Emily Jones was with her family at a public park when a 30-year-old woman, who is now being held at a high-security facility under the Mental Health Act, was arrested for murder at the scene.
The woman, whose name has yet been released, is reportedly a migrant according to Voice of Europe.
Other reports on social media and alternative media publications make the same claims over the woman’s nationality, while the mainstream media remained silent in an act that, to some, exposes a continual double standard in reporting when the victim’s identity cannot be exploited for political capital.
Local media briefly covered the murder, but did not note that the suspect was a migrant.
Emily reportedly died around an hour after emergency services rushed her to hospital.
Author Janice Atkinson wrote on Twitter, “Let us not forget that evil is allowed and encouraged to walk and murder amongst us.”
Let us not forget that evil is allowed and encouraged to walk and murder amongst us.
MSM reported her murder but not the perpetrator. Somali migrant.
RIP little one x https://t.co/5zLDY189Ev
— Janice Atkinson (@Janice4Brexit) April 4, 2020
Another social media said: “The anger I feel is indescribable.”
“Her name was Emily Jones Bolton.”
The tweets following the report of the killer’s identity–which many had suggested at the time of the attack due to the random nature of the crime and anonymity of the suspect’s name–led to an almost viral Twitter campaign memorializing the young victim.
Paying a tribute to their daughter, Emily’s parents, Mark Jones and Sarah Barnes, said “Emily was 7-years-old, our only child and the light of our lives. She was always full of joy, love, and laughter. Emily had such a cheeky smile and was beautiful inside and out. She had a heart as big as her smile.”
“It is truly heartbreaking to wake up to a world without Emily in it and we cannot comprehend why this has happened.
“We are beyond devastated that this random act of violence means that we will never get to see our beautiful little girl grow up into the wonderful young lady she was showing such promise of becoming.”
This story has been updated with additional information about the suspect.