A devastated father has paid tribute to his beautiful 11-year-old daughter, who was stabbed to death in Wolverhampton on Friday.
Jasmine Forrester’s father Simeon visited the house where she was killed to lay a moving floral tribute to her.
The grieving father left a note saying: ‘My shining star. Things will never be the same, my heart is broken.’
‘I will never forget you, I will always love you Jasmine. Love Dad.’
The tragic youngster died in hospital on Friday afternoon.
Her father told reporters: ‘This is a hugely tragic time for our family and the loss we feel is unexplainable. We are utterly devastated.’
‘Jasmine was a shining star and a huge part of us’.
‘We would really like to be left alone at this time while we come to terms with what happened.’
After her death was announced, family friend Jade Whittall wrote on social media: ‘RIP Jasmine, such a sad day.’
‘Such a lovely little girl taken far too soon and in such an awful way.’
Lorraine Chew added on Facebook: ‘My lil ones friend, she’s devastated, such a shame, she was a lovely girl.’
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: ‘It is a huge shock. ‘The little girl goes to the same school as my daughter. It is very upsetting.’
Superintendent Harvi Khatkar, of Wolverhampton police, said: ‘This is an extremely distressing incident and our sympathies go out to everyone affected.’
‘We are working to establish exactly what has happened, and fully understand the impact that this will have on the community.’
‘But we do believe this is an isolated incident, and we are not looking for anyone else.’
Emergency services were called to the semi-detached house in Kent Road, Wolverhampton just before 1am on Friday.
Terrified neighbors heard Jasmine’s grandmother running down the street screaming for help.
When they first responders arrived, they found Jasmine with multiple stab wounds and a serious head injury.
Locals claim Jasmine was staying at her grandmother Victoria’s house.
Another neighbor, who asked not to be named, described seeing Jasmine’s grandmother, 79, ‘howling’ as she banged on their door.
They said: ‘I was awoken by the sound of the grandmother screaming. It was a horrific howling sound – she was just frantic.’
‘She was yelling, ‘help me, help me’. It was really chilling.’
‘The police were here very quickly but the old lady looked inconsolable. It doesn’t bare thinking about what she witnessed in that house.’
Another neighbour, Gilda Chambers, said Mrs Forrester woke them up too.
Ms Chambers said: ‘She was crying and all she could tell him was ‘call the police’ over and over.’
‘She was very upset, dressed only in a dressing gown and bare footed.’
‘She was holding her arm, and when they arrived the police called for an ambulance for her.’
Mrs Forrester suffered a dislocated shoulder during the incident and is being treated in hospital.
Another neighbor said the family have lived in the area for 20 years and they were ‘in shock’ over Jasmine’s death.
They said: ‘The family are very religious and go to church every Sunday. I would never expect this to happen to them as they seem so normal.’
‘I know they’ve lived on the road for over 20 years, but whenever I see them passing by, we would exchange friendly hellos, it’s a bit of a shock really.’
Detectives say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the stabbing.
They are said to be questioning a 51-year-old relative of the deceased child.