Friday, January 11, 2008
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has had a private meeting with Stephen and Melanie Jones, the parents of murdered schoolboy Rhys Jones.
The meeting with Mr and Mrs Jones took place during a visit to Merseyside, where the 11-year-old was shot dead last summer, which horrified any right minded person, in a crime which is unsolved.
The quiet dignity displayed by Stephen and Melanie Jones after losing their precious child was both heartbreaking and inspirational.
No fanfare by Mr and Mrs Jones, no fancy PR spin machine paid for by wealthy backers, just an ordinary hard working couple, gripped by unimaginable grief.
Sadly, nothing will bring back young Reece Jones, but his mum and dad will ensure his memory is respected forever through their dignity and humility.