Claire Tiltman: Friends vow for justice with candlelit walk

Claire Tiltman's killer has not been caught and it is hoped the walk will prompt those with information about her death to come forward

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Friends of a 16-year-old girl who was murdered 20 years ago have vowed to get justice after both her parents died without seeing her killer caught.

Claire Tiltman was fatally stabbed in north Kent on 18 January 1993, a candlelit walk will take place later to mark the anniversary.

The schoolgirl was knifed more than 40 times in an alleyway off London Road, in Greenhithe.

Her father, Cliff, died in September and her mother Lin died in 2008.

The Dartford Grammar School pupil, known to her friends as Tilt, was stabbed as she took a short cut to visit a friend, four days after her 16th birthday.

Her friends have organised the walk to keep the case in the public eye.

'Whole life ahead'

Her best friend, Lisa Gribbin, said: "We have a strong feeling that, with both Claire's parents now gone, there is a need to carry on the fight to find her killer and finally get some justice for our dear friend.

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As her parents would have said, 20 years doesn't take the pain away”

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"My eldest daughter has just turned 16 and I look at her and realise just how young Tilt was and how much she had taken away from her and her family and also us as her friends.

"She had her whole life ahead of her. "

The candlelit walk in Greenhithe will retrace her final steps.

Organisers said they hoped as many people as possible would join the walk, which is open to the public.

Emma Edwards said: "When we get together and we talk about Claire, there are so many good memories, so that's one of the nice things, to get together, to share those good memories and talk about her.

"But I think even though it's 20 years, as her parents would have said, 20 years doesn't take the pain away."

Father's appeal
Cliff Tiltman Cliff Tiltman made an appeal from his nursing home bed last January

In January 2012, Mr Tiltman made a fresh appeal from his nursing home for information, prompting fresh calls from the public to police.

During the appeal he said it would "mean everything" to him to find out who murdered his daughter.

Ch Supt Neil Jerome, who was a PC on patrol when Claire was murdered, said he believes someone out there holds the key to solving the case.

He said: "It's sad that an entire family has been wiped out. Claire's parents have gone to their graves not knowing who killed their daughter.

"There must be witnesses who haven't come forward, who are getting older now.

"Do they want to go to their graves with that vital piece of information?"

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