Alex Rodda, 15, from Knutsford, Cheshire, was found dead in the Cheshire village of Ashley – friends say he had met the teen arrested on suspicion of his murder “six or seven times before”
The mother of a ‘murdered’ teenager found dead in a village lane has tonight broken her silence and sobbed: “I wish he had not been so trusting.”
The body of tragic Alex Rodda, 15, was discovered on Friday morning in the leafy Cheshire village of Ashley – hours after he vanished at 6pm on Thursday.
Officers have charged 18-year-old Matthew Mason with murder and possession of a bladed article in a public place.
Alex’s mum Lisa, 50, wept on her doorstep as she told the Sunday Mirror: “I wish he had not been so trusting.
“Everybody loved Alex. He was caring and kind. Alex was my beautiful son but he was naive. He was only 15 and that made him vulnerable. I am heartbroken.”
Alex’s brother Adam, 22, has travelled from London, where he works, to be with his mother in Knutsford, Cheshire.
Friends say Alex and the teen held on suspicion of his murder knew each other and had met “six or seven times before”.
One pal said: “There is something strange about what happened. I think Alex was too open and someone has taken advantage.”
It is not known how and why Alex made his way to the field.
One neighbour said: “It was unlike Alex to do anything like that. He was always messing around, dressing up in other people’s clothes. He’d put anything on to make people laugh.
“I cannot believe this has happened. Alex would not hurt anybody.”
Detectives have yet to reveal how Alex, who worked part time at the local Windmill Inn, died.
His body was found in the village of Ashley, six miles from Knutsford. The lane was sealed off today as forensics officers combed woodland.
DCI Simon Blackwell said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation into Alex’s death, which we are treating as murder.”
In a joint statement, the family said: “Alex was a very loving, caring, kind, loyal and, most of all, trusting young boy.
“He loved life and made friends wherever he went.
“He will be sorely missed.”
Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, where Alex was a Year 11 student, is offering support to his classmates.
Headteacher Denis Oliver said in a statement on the school’s website: “It is with great sadness that I need to inform you of the death of Alex Rodda, a student in Year 11 at our school.
“There has been much speculation on social media, however, the circumstances around Alex’s death are subject to an ongoing police investigation and we have been asked by them not to comment further at this stage.
“We will continue to cooperate fully with any requests from the police.
“The safety and wellbeing of our students is our priority.
“School will be open as normal on Monday and staff will be on hand to support students in anyway affected by this tragic loss.
“The senior leadership team are monitoring the situation closely over the weekend.
“Alex will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him within our close-knit school family.
“Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with Alex’s family and friends at this very sad time.”
Mason, 18, of Ollerton, near Knutsford, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Monday.