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Tribute poem to murdered father

Published 27/05/2015

Philip Howard's children have paid a moving tribute to him (Thames Valley Police/PA)
Philip Howard's children have paid a moving tribute to him (Thames Valley Police/PA)
Janet Jordon, 48, whose body, along with those of her daughter Derin Jordon, six and Philip Howard, 44, was discovered in a house in Vicarage Road, Didcot (Thames valley Police/PA)
Police say Derin Jordon, six, was stabbed by her brother, Jed Allen

The children of a man stabbed alongside his partner and her young daughter have written their own poem in tribute to him.

Jed Allen, 21, murdered Philip Howard, 44, as well as his own mother and sister in Didcot, Oxfordshire last weekend.

Thames Valley Police released the poem that Mr Howard's children, who have not been named, have written to remember him.

They said: "Take care of our sister Dezzy up there Daddy, Take care of Jan too.

"We wish you didn't have to go Daddy, it's our worst nightmare come true.

"We are taking care of Tetley Daddy, Uncle Andy too. You were the best there ever was Daddy. We're so glad to be part of you."

The body of Mr Howard was discovered with his partner Janet Jordon, 48, and her six-year-old daughter Derin on Saturday evening.

Police launched a major search for 21-year-old comic-book fan Jed Allen - Ms Jordon's son and Derin's brother.

Members of the public found his body in a wooded area of Oxford on Monday after a 30-hour manhunt.

Ms Jordon's family said in a statement released by police: "Our family have experienced a tragedy that is quite frankly unimaginable.

"Janet was a beloved daughter sister and auntie. Dezzy was a breath a fresh air and truly one of a kind.

"For a family to lose someone so young cannot be explained in mere words. We would ask now that we are left alone to grieve."

Mr Howard's older brother, who was also not identified, added: "Our family are still all in shock and disbelief. My beloved Bro and Uncle Philip you'll be missed so much. Until we meet again little Bro..."

Post mortem examinations revealed that Ms Jordon, Derin and Mr Howard had all died from multiple stab wounds.

A force spokesman said: "Formal identification of Derin Jordon is yet to take place; although police are satisfied that the body found in Vicarage Road on Saturday is that of Derin Jordon.

"A report will be prepared and handed to the coroner's office in due course."

The post-mortem examination of Jed Allen has not yet concluded and he has not been formally identified.

According to The Sun newspaper, Allen sent a text message to a handful of friends saying "I've done something bad" in the hours after the triple killings.

A friend told the tabloid: "Jed texted seven of us. It was a long message but it told us that he had done something bad and asked us to call the police.

"It was a deeply personal message."

Detectives had earlier released images of Allen which seemed to show him buying a large bottle of water in a shop hours before the three victims were found stabbed to death at their home.

The heavily built 21-year-old was caught on CCTV in WHSmith at Oxford railway station, 10 miles from the Didcot crime scene where detectives had found what they believe is the murder weapon.

More than 100 police, including specialist search officers, had been deployed to search Oxford University Parks where Allen worked as a groundsman.

Detectives believed that Allen had arrived in Oxford by train from Didcot at 5.45pm on Saturday.

Allen, a fan of the blade-wielding X-Men comic-book anti-hero Wolverine, had a distinctive spider tattoo on his left hand.

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