Julie Tudos: Friends have tribute tattoos inked in memory of young woman found dead in Finsbury Park
Plans for mural and memorial gig
04 January, 2018 — By Emily Finch and Tom Foot
FRIENDS of Julie Tudos – the barmaid whose body was found in Finsbury Park over Christmas – have been getting tattoos in her memory.
There are now plans to spray-paint a mural in the 22-year-old’s honour and hopes that one of her favourite bands will play a memorial gig. Julie – short for Juliana – went missing on Christmas Eve, with the search for her ending in tragedy when she was found with a stab wound and a blow to the head in the park.
Friends made the discovery last Wednesday, sparking a murder investigation. They had been combing the No29 bus route that took Julie from Camden Town, where she worked in the famous World’s End pub, to her home in Tollington Park. Kasim Lewis, 31, from Barnet, has been charged with murder and appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday.
He is due at the Old Bailey today (Friday). An online appeal for funds to pay for Julie’s funeral has already raised £16,000 and friends from across the country are due at the World’s End at 6pm on Saturday to drink to her memory. She was said to have been over the moon at being hired by the bar last summer.
Shane Kealy with Sonny Webb
Friend Shane Kealy organised a tattoo tribute event at Tribu London Tattoo and Piercing shop, in Chalk Farm, on Tuesday. The idea was that friends would get tattoos of symbols or images connected to Julie, with profits going to her family. When the Tribune visited, a young woman, who did not wish to be named, was having a rose tattooed on her ankle. Mr Kealy said: “I’m trying to do something for Julie because she loved tattoos. I tattooed her quite a lot. We’re trying to raise a bit of money for the family in the only way I know how to. Some people are getting discounts and the shop isn’t getting a profit. It will be for the family.”
Mr Kealy created several tattoos for Julie, including an unfinished owl, and went to gigs with her. He said: “I was thinking it would be nice that friends would come in and have tattoos done of things related to her, things that she liked and things that annoyed her… a quote, or initials, a date, a name, or one of the logos she loved so much. “She had a panda bear tattoo and, you know, she could sometimes be a bit grumpy, so I called it the ‘bipolar bear’. She liked that. There was an owl I was still working on. A sphinx cat. She loved tattoos.”
He added: “I think it was disgusting how slow the police were in starting to look for her. I think they thought she had just gone out on a bender or something. It didn’t add up really, a three-day bender. She wasn’t a sloppy drunk and she didn’t do drugs. She really hated drugs, [and] wouldn’t have anything to do with them. I was back in Ireland for Christmas and I got a text from her friends saying the police were not helping and they were going out there looking for her anyway. She was found in a few minutes by the friends. If police had gone out looking for her, they could have spared people that pain of finding her like that, that trauma.”
Originally from Russia, Julie moved to London around five years ago from Cyprus after her family moved there. A fan of anime, she worked at a stall selling the Japanese art in Camden’s middle-yard market. She was studying for a computer science degree at the Open University at the time of her death and often spoke about how she wanted to travel.
Sonny Webb, another friend, said: “She wanted to see the world but at the same time it was rare you’d see her away from Camden Town. When we were living together we’d watch films, you know, hang out, go out to gigs. I still can’t believe it’s happened.” He added: “She was such a caring person. There are so many different stories about how caring she was. She saw a woman passed out in Camden and she wouldn’t leave the person’s side until the ambulance came and took her.
He added: “When I was living next to her we would travel back together from Camden and we would always walk through the park for a shortcut. When you’ve done it thousands of times you assume nothing will happen. But it’s pitch black and you can’t see. The council should puts lights in there for sure, 100 per cent. And they need to knock down where she was found. It’s empty and has never been in use.”