Ashley Wadsworth, 19, who had traveled from Canada to stay with boyfriend Jack Sepple, 23, in Chelmsford, Essex, was killed ‘just days’ before she was due to fly home
A close friend of a teenager who was stabbed to death during an overseas trip to meet her boyfriend said “it was hard to breathe” after hearing she’d died.
Ashley Wadsworth, 19, traveled from Canada to the UK to stay with 23-year-old Jack Sepple – who has since been charged with her murder.
She was reportedly due to fly home two days later.
Pal Daniel Seaman said he first heard about the tragedy by text message on the night Ashley’s body was discovered by police on February 1 in a property in Chelmsford, Essex.
“It was hard to breathe and I couldn’t figure out what to do,” Daniel, 20, told EssexLive..
They had first met in February 2021 through a mutual friend in Vernon, British Columbia.
Daniel said Ashley had been working part-time at a Home Depot but her dreams were always to get out of the small town and “move to where the excitement was.”
Her death has hit the community hard, particularly among her congregation at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Kelowna.
Daniel said it’s important for people to understand who Ashley was rather than the “horror of her passing.”
“Ashley was funny, energetic, kind and dedicated,” he said.
“She jumped in with both feet to everything she did.
“In our church community up there [Vernon]she is dearly missed and they are heartbroken.
“We are hoping to live better lives because of the changes Ashley was making in her own life.”
He added: “Her family is well-loved and well-supported, and we are praying for them and sending all the love we all can.
“Her sister Hailey, who was so close to her, seems to be coping as well as she can to the terrible news.”
Daniel, originally from Utah, USA, said he wished he could come to Britain to thank people for holding vigils, as well as the neighbors who called the police.
“I hope they know of our gratitude and love,” he said.
“I just want everyone out there to know how grateful I am of the people they are and the way they’ve shown love and support though hard times.
“Ashley is worth so much, and to see the community see her worth is inspiring.”
Daniel’s faith has helped him cope but he hopes Ashley’s family will now be left alone to grieve.
He added: “I hope everyone knows how dedicated and full of light Ashley was and is, and that the joy she shared with us, we need to share with one another.
“She was fun-loving and up for adventure, and loved to have good people around her in her good times and bad.”
Sepple is due at Chelmsford Crown Court on March 7 for a plea hearing.
Essex Police confirmed that a 19-year-old woman, now known as Ashley Wadsworth, was tragically killed in Tennyson Road, Chelmsford, on the afternoon of February 1.
After being discovered unresponsive at an address on the road, paramedics and police attempted to save the teen’s life but sadly, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.