THE Priest-in-Charge of
All Saints, Didcot, the Revd Karen Beck, led a service on Saturday
to remember Jayden Parkinson, the 17-year-old whose remains were
found in a grave in the church's cemetery on Wednesday of last
The Oxford Mail reported that, during the service, Ms
Beck said: "Today is the shortest day of the year and the darkest
day of the year and that somehow seems to sum up where we are in
this town and particularly where Jayden's family are."
She said Jayden "had a light shining in her", adding: "We
mustn't be overcome by evil. We must overcome evil with good."
After the service, Ms Beck told the BBC that it had been "a
particularly solemn occasion, one where feelings were very, very
raw. The sadness and the grief that people are feeling, and
possibly some of the anger as well, was there."
She said: "I think the young people, particularly, have been
really touched by this event, the tragedy that has unfolded. I
think they are struggling quite hard with all that has gone on. My
heart really goes out to Jayden's family and particularly to the
young people of our town."
Police confirmed the identity of the body found at the
Great Western Cemetery, next to All Saints, on Friday. Miss
Parkinson was reported missing on 3 December. The results of the
post-mortem examination were inconclusive with further toxicology
reports pending.The inquest was due to begin at Oxfordshire
Coroner's Court on Monday afternoon.
On 15 December, police confirmed that a 22-year-old man, Ben
Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, had been charged with the
murder of Miss Parkinson. The next day, a 17-year-old boy from
Didcot was charged with assisting an offender.