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My sister was murdered at the age of 14

A woman has revealed how the brutal murder of her 14-year-old sister led to a tragic chain of events that shattered her family.

Tracey Meade’s body was pulled from the Grand Union Canal near Kensal Green in North West London on February 1, 1992.

Tracey Meade was found dead in 1992

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Tracey Meade was found dead in 1992Credit: Provided
Emma Petrou's sister is still fighting for justice

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Emma Petrou’s sister is still fighting for justiceCredit: Provided

The 14-year-old girl was stabbed twice in the arm and stomach as her clothes were neatly stacked on a nearby bank.

Despite calls from the police and a reconstruction of the famous Crimewatch, her gruesome murder remains unsolved.

Tracey’s sister Emma Petrou, 41, has now told how her death has caused a cruel domino effect on her family.

Unable to cope with his grief, Tracey’s father Paul “Luggy” Petrou took his own life at the age of 45 after diving into drugs.

His wife Denise – Emma’s mother – died of lung cancer after she started taking drugs and Tracey’s mother Kim Meade also died in 2015.

In an even more heartbreaking situation, Emma’s brother Peter Petrou, 37, was stabbed to death in July 2020.

Speaking to The Sun Online, Emma said: “Our life after Tracey’s murder was horrible.

“The downward spiral is not real. My father turned to drugs and I lost my mother, who smoked drugs with him to lung cancer when I was 50 years old.

“When I lost Peter, it broke me down, like my fight was over.

“I just feel guilty for Tracey because she can’t rest in peace and neither can her mom, dad, nan and everyone who knows her.”

On January 20, 1992, Tracey told her mother that she was staying with her cousin who lived nearby.

Kim gave her £2 as pocket money and waved goodbye, not knowing she would never see her again.

A frantic 12-day search has been launched for the missing teenager with both his father and mother tirelessly knocking on the door begging for information.

For Emma, ​​who was only 11 years old at the time, Tracey’s disappearance was completely out of character.

Emma's mother, father, two brothers and Tracey

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Emma’s mother, father, two brothers and TraceyCredit: Provided

The “traveling” teenager will always stay in touch with her family and has accompanied the journey to her cousin’s house many times.

Tragically, her body was found in the frozen waters of the canal nearly two weeks later.

Emma said: “One of my uncles came to my nanny where we all said a body had been pulled from the water.

“I remember the look on my father’s face. He had to go and identify her.

“The police don’t know how long she was there. My dad never let that image out of his head.”

A murder investigation was launched when Emma believed her sister had been killed by someone who knew her.

She said Tracey was “not a silly girl” who would put herself in a dangerous situation with someone she didn’t know.

Police believe she was willing to go to the canal with friends when tragedy struck.

Her stab wounds were superficial – meaning she may have tripped over a bucket of cold water to escape her attacker after being slashed.

Emma said: “She must have frozen to death. I can’t imagine how scared she would be.”

BATTLE JUSTICE

What follows is a 30-year battle for justice as Tracey’s killer continues to roam the streets.

The case is still open, but advances in forensic technology have yielded no positive results.

While police interest seems to have waned over the years, the ragged fragments of Tracey’s murder continue to torture her family.

As a child, Emma was slapped by her parents and banned from going out.

Birthdays and anniversaries have become a painful reminder of the life Tracey should have lived, the incredible aunt she could have been to her son Emma, ​​her own children. she that she might have had.

Christmas turns into a harrowing holiday, where Tracey’s father locks himself in his bedroom in a chilling echo of the pain he’s buried deep within.

More than 1,000 people attended his funeral, but Emma said no one believed he was capable of taking his own life.

Sadly, the only gift was the scene where Paul cried at the graves of his mother and Tracey in the days before he committed suicide.

To add to the family’s heartbreak, Emma’s brother Peter was stabbed to death in Kilburn in July 2020.

Heartbreakingly, Emma said she felt “guilty” after Chihab Saleh was convicted for her brother’s death while Tracey’s killer was still a teenager.

‘QUESTION TRANSFERED’

She said: ‘I just feel guilty that the person responsible for Peter’s death has been found while Tracey seems to have been forgotten.

“People don’t realize how an unsolved murder can affect so many others.

“I don’t understand how anyone could live if they knew what happened. How would they feel if this happened to their child?

“I hope whoever did this lived a terrible life.

“I’m not a bad person, but they don’t see the bigger picture.

“Not only my family was affected but father and son also found the body of Tracey, her friend, who was questioned by the police and no longer speaks to us.

“There are so many unanswered questions. I just want justice for my sister.”

The Met Police confirmed in a statement that the case remains open.

They added: “Tracey was murdered in February 1992 at the age of 14. Her body was found drowned in the Grand Union Canal in Kensal Rise. The murder remains unsolved at this time. .

“No murder is ended with cases being reviewed periodically to see if any progress, especially forensics, can be made over time.

“Anyone with information that could help police is urged to call 101 or go to the police station.”


If you are affected by any of the issues outlined in this article, please call the Samaritans toll free on 116123.


Tracey disappeared on the way to her cousin's house

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Tracey disappeared on the way to her cousin’s houseCredit: Provided
Schoolgirl stabbed before she drowned

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Schoolgirl stabbed before she drownedCredit: Provided
Tracey, in white pants, and Emma in a yellow jumpsuit posing with friends for happier times

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Tracey, in white pants, and Emma in a yellow jumpsuit posing with friends for happier timesCredit: Provided

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Bobby Allyn

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