A 19-year-old British woman went to England to meet her online boyfriend and was stabbed to death in her bed

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Ashley Wadsworth, 19, from Canada, updated her Facebook page on Monday with a selfie of herself and her British boyfriend Jack Sepple, 23, smiling in the sun.The next day, at 4pm local time, Ashley was lying in bed bleeding from multiple stab wounds at her flat in Chelmsford, Essex, England.She was stabbed to death.Police were called to a disturbance at the property.Emergency services tried to revive Ashley, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.And Jack was lying in bed with the girl bleeding next to him…Ashley, from Vernon, BC, had met Jack online five years ago and was on a plane to the UK in November, intending to have a ‘facetime’.They also took pictures of London landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge and the Royal Albert Hall.On January 8, she posted pictures of the outing on Facebook with the caption “fantastic birthday trip to London with Jack and his parents”.Ashley had originally planned to stay in the UK for six months, but she rescheduled her flight back to Canada on Thursday, cutting her trip short by several months.However, Jack appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday charged with one count of murder.He was wearing a grey sweatshirt and red trousers and confirmed his name, address and date of birth.”I can’t believe it,” said a woman who lives nearby. “Every time I close my eyes, I see her dead.”The woman said Ashley had come to see her on the morning of the incident and when she knocked on her door Jack told her to “give us five minutes”.”I thought they were inconvenient,” a female neighbor told CTV.The woman, clearly distressed, did not want to elaborate on what she had witnessed that day, but said: “My heart goes out to her family.”In a quiet alleyway in Chelmsford, a bouquet of purple flowers was left on the ground with a handwritten note reading: “Ashley, you look beautiful.”When ASHLEY was 18, she converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon’s largest denomination.Daniel Seaman, a church member who knew Ashley well, recalled that Ashley was so committed to her faith that she even wanted to share it with her online boyfriend.”I’m sorry your trip turned out this way,” another friend wrote on Facebook.”You deserve better.”Her sister Hailey described Ashley as an angel and said they had a great bond.”You care so much about your family and always put us first, we are so close and grew up together and spent almost every day together.Hardly a day goes by when we don’t talk.I love you so much and I will never stop thinking about you.”Hailey praised Ashley’s adventurous side, saying she speaks three languages and loves to travel.Melissa Locke, Ashley’s cousin and family spokeswoman, spoke to reporters in Vernon.”We’re just trying to get through the day.We’re trying to figure it out, and we’re all looking for answers, “Locke said.Friends also posted online tributes to a vibrant young woman.”She must be one of the nicest and most down-to-earth people I know,” Kaillah Dizon, Ashley’s high school classmate, told CTV News.”She is genuine, loving, honest and funny.””I’m totally heartbroken.I am sorry to hear the tragic news…I can’t believe she’s gone.”Ashley’s stepmother, Charmaine Wadsworth, who cried when Vernon spoke to CBC by phone Wednesday, described Ashley as “strong, smart and witty.””We’re all very upset,” Charmaine Wadsworth said.Ashley had never left Canada before moving to the UK, but is said to have become bored with small town life and always wanted to see the world abroad.But I didn’t expect to die in a strange land during my first international trip.Jack is scheduled to appear in court again Friday morning.So far, police have not released details of the killing or the relationship between the victim and the accused.