Also speaking after the case, Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley, who led the murder investigation, said he hoped the the verdict and sentence would now give Miss Watson’s family, who attended the trial throughout, both justice and comfort.
He said: "This was a very sad case, but the important thing for Jade's family is that they now have justice.
"Jade was much loved by her children, her family and her friends, and we hope that the conviction of James Gray will help to give them some comfort."
Jade Watson’s family and friends have mounted an online appeal to fund a gravestone in her memory.
It is hoped the appeal will raise £1,000 for a headstone at St Cuthberts Church, Wrose Road, Wrose, Shipley, aimed at giving her two young children, Jacob and Ella, a place to remember her, known as ‘mummy’s garden’.
The children, who now refer to their mother as ‘Mummy Moon’, are being cared for by their maternal grandmother Julie Johnston.
Writing on the appeal website, Jade’s best friend, Jodie-Louise Farrer-Lovatt, said: “In December (2013) she was buried, but she unfortunately has no proper headstone on her grave.
“I am hoping that we can help raise money to get her the headstone she deserves so her two young children can go to visit their ‘mummy’s garden’ and have somewhere special for them to visit and remember their mummy.”
She added: “Jade was one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet, she didn't like to speak or think bad of anybody, if you showed her you were loyal she’d do anything for you, she really was one of a kind.
“The children have plenty of memories to remember their mummy by, but the best gift they could have would be to have a special place, ‘mummy’s garden’, to visit and make special for their precious mummy.”
To donate to Miss Watson’s gravestone appeal, go to gofundme.com/Jadewatsonfund
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