Sister says the law needs to change after a British friend lured a Canadian teen to the UK and killed her
In a tribute to her daughter released by Essex Police, Christy Gendron said:
“My sweet daughter, Ashley. My youngest child.
“From the day you were born, you have made me proud to be your mama. You couldn’t help being cute.
“I watched you grow up with your sister – my most beautiful, most precious treasures.
“I watched as you learned to do things by watching your big sister, Hailey. Sometimes you followed her, sometimes you overtook her.
‘Nothing could stop you.
‘You weren’t afraid to try anything: sports, crafts, skiing.
‘No one taught you how to swim, you just jumped in and started swimming! It was amazing.
“As you grew up to be a beautiful, bright young woman, it was clear that you were destined for a bright future and I believe that studying at university would have brought you the personal rewards you deserved. I know you would have been successful in anything you wanted to do.
“I cherish the time we spent together, where you always protected me. You were the backbone of our little family.
“Hailey and I saw how fiercely loyal you were to those you loved.
“Your moral and spiritual compass was unparalleled. Always wanting to help, always looking out for others.
“If you set your mind to something you believed in, no one could stop you. When you helped someone, they knew they were loved.
‘Your love and appetite for adventure brought you to the UK. Your passion for life was immense.
“Your passion for Jack knew no bounds, but it seems your love, trust and support was not reciprocated. He didn’t want you to come home to those who really loved you.
“My life will never be the same without you, Ashley. I will never be whole again.
“My baby left me and my life has changed forever.
“Ashley, mom always loves you.”
In a tribute to his daughter released by Essex Police, Kenneth Wadsworth said:
“I miss you, Ashley.
“I miss everything about you.
“I miss your pretty face, your breathing, your chatter.
You don’t know what you’re going to miss until it’s gone. But I am eternally grateful that I was able to tell you that I loved you the last time I spoke to you. I wish you were with us again.
“Ashley, you were a great kid. You were fast in everything: walking with seven months and playing all kinds of sports.
“And very smart too, one of the brightest in your school – a future doctor.
“I cherish the times you came to my wife Charmaine’s house and we sat on the porch talking.
“Your sister Hailey and niece Paisley meant everything to you and miss you dearly every day.
“You and Charmaine’s daughter, Crystal, were the best of friends.
As a family we would hang out, go to the beach, walk a lot and exercise.
“We lived an outdoor life and you loved it.
“Ashley, I was so proud when you graduated from high school with honors.
“You told me you wanted to go away for a year to visit Jack and then come home to college.
“I didn’t like that you went to England away from everyone, but you are such a strong person and knew what you wanted in life, nothing I could have said would change your mind. I remember driving you to that airport that day, the last time I saw you in person.
“I’m thinking about why you stayed with Jack with everything that happened. It plays in my mind; at the same time i know you are such a kind and loving person and just wanted to help him with everything that was going on.
“Ashley, you are forever in my thoughts and will be missed by me, Charmaine, Crystal, Hailey and Paisley.”