Stabbed teen, 16, 'died in my arms' says close pal who desperately tried to save him

Brave pal Paris Thompson gave talented footballer, Josh Dunne, CPR and mouth-to-mouth after calling an ambulance, recalling how she thought he was “coming back” as the boy took one big breath but he sadly lost his battle

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A teenager died in his friend’s arms as she battled to save him following a street stabbing.

Josh Dunne, 16, was fatally injured in a stabbing incident in Dublin, Ireland, on January 26, 2021.

Brave pal Paris Thompson gave the young talented footballer CPR and mouth-to-mouth after calling an ambulance, recalling how she thought he was “coming back” as the boy took one big breath but he sadly lost his battle.

For his first anniversary of his passing last month, Paris created a memorial at the scene of his death, with a plaque and a mural of the youngster.

And speaking from there this week, she recalled how she did everything she could to help Josh in his final moments, reports the Irish Mirror.

Paris, now 17, but 16 at the time, said: “The ambulance took a couple of minutes but it felt like hours. I just did what I could.

Paris Thompson who was a very close friend of Josh Dunne on the street where the tragedy unfolded
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“Everyone was just crying but I hadn’t even got tears like, I was in shock.

“My body was shaking, it was my way of reacting.

“Everyone was just running around, obviously going crazy, so I knew someone had to take responsibility that night.

“I had to do what I could so I was on the phone and the woman was kind of directing me through what to do until the ambulance came.

“He took one big breath; I thought he was coming back to us then because me and one of the boys were both doing CPR, mouth to mouth.”

Josh Dunne was a talented and keen footballer
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She added: “He died in my arms. I think of it every day. It constantly plays over in my head.”

Paris and the group of friends who were with Josh that night were in shock but knew how serious it was when emergency services arrived.

“But even still, I still couldn’t believe it. There was something in my head telling me it’s not true. I couldn’t believe he was gone,” she said.

“It took months for me to realize. Still, some days I believe I still just haven’t seen him.

“I just don’t believe he’s actually gone because he was so young and innocent.”

Josh had a bright football future playing for Bohemians and St Kevin’s football clubs while he also had a trial with Dundee United.

Paris Thompson, close friend of Josh Dunne, with Josh’s mother Diane Dunne at a plaque near where he lost his life
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But outside of the sport, Paris remembers Josh – who she got to know Josh from mutual friends – as “the funniest person ever.”

On the day Josh died, she had done an Instagram fashion challenge and she remembers Josh making fun of her.

She said: “We just always had a laugh with you.

“That day my hair was all curly so he was saying I was trying to have an afro like him.

“He had the biggest heart ever out of everybody. He was really genuinely one of the best people.”

Paris created the memorial for Josh at the scene of his death on East Road in East Wall and paid for it herself.

She, Josh’s mum Diane and many of his friends found it tough to return there since the incident.

But now she goes there every day to remember him.

Josh, from Ballymun, Dublin was fatally injured in a stabbing incident in East Wall on Dublin city’s northside on January 26, 2021
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Paris said: “It was just such a dull road and it was just miserable. I never liked to walk up here after Josh died.

“But it’s where it happened and it was the last place we all spoke to him and heard from him and had our fun with him.

“So I just decided during the summer that I wanted to make something nice but I didn’t have it in me to do it yet. I just wasn’t strong enough.

“So then I knew his anniversary was coming up in January and I decided to go get it all done and now like I come up here everyday and it feels like a better place.

“I feel like he’s around me when I’m here too.”

A 35-year-old man, who heard a court not known to Josh, is set to go on trial later this year charged with his murder.

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