Stabbed JJ McPhilip’s mother: I’ll cut back shrine
‘I need to keep his memory alive and will take it down the day his killers are caught,’ says mum
10 November, 2017 — By Emily Finch
Michelle McPhillips in front of her son’s shrine complete with Christmas tree
A MOTHER whose son was stabbed to death earlier this year has agreed to downsize a shrine for her son following pressure from the Town Hall.
As reported in the Tribune last month, Michelle McPhillips, the mother to Jonathan “JJ” McPhillips who was stabbed to death in Upper Street this February, was asked by the council to take down her shrine from outside her home.
But after negotiating with the council they agreed she could keep the shrine, at a smaller scale, until the 28-year-old’s attackers are caught. No one has been charged but nine people have been arrested and subsequently released.
“I’ve tidied it up and down-sized it. I need to keep his memory alive to catch the killers. I promise the day JJ’s killers are caught I will take it down,” said Ms McPhillips, speaking outside the memorial in Milner Square.
Ms McPhillips said she has added a Christmas tree for JJ’s two children to decorate and celebrate Christmas with their dad.
“The kids can write on the baubles what they feel about their dad. It won’t be Christmas for me. I have booked every working shift I can,” added Ms McPhillips.
A Channel Five documentary team are currently filming Ms McPhillips for a series on gangs and the lasting effects of a stabbing on a victim’s family.
Anyone with information about JJ’s death is urged to contact the police incident room on 020 8345 3775. To give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.