Sheffield boy helps to BURY his own father showing the tragic consequences of knife crime3 min read

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Heartbreaking moment 17-month-old boy helps to BURY his own father at funeral is released in bid to show tragic consequences of knife crime

  • Carter Bagshaw is seen holding the shovel as he spreads soil over Lewis’s coffin
  • The toddler said ‘Daddy’ during the September 18 funeral in front of his family
  • The image was released to combat knife crime, which has torn families apart
  • Mr Bagshaw died from stab wounds during a vicious attack in Sheffield, in July
  • Jervaise Bennett, from Shirecliffe, Sheffield, and a boy, 16, charged with murder

A heartbreaking picture has emerged of a 17-month-old boy helping gravediggers bury his murdered father.

Carter Bagshaw is seen holding the shovel handle as he spreads soil over 21-year-old Lewis’s coffin in Shiregreen cemetery, Sheffield.

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The toddler said ‘Daddy’ during the September 18 funeral in front of family and friends.

Carter Bagshaw is seen holding the shovel handle as he spreads soil over 21-year-old Lewis's coffin in Shiregreen cemetery, Sheffield

Carter Bagshaw is seen holding the shovel handle as he spreads soil over 21-year-old Lewis’s coffin in Shiregreen cemetery, Sheffield

Mr Bagshaw with Olivia Keeley, Carter's mother

The toddler said 'Daddy' during the September 18 funeral in front of family and friends

The toddler said ‘Daddy’ during the September 18 funeral in front of family and friends. Left: Mr Bagshaw with Olivia Keeley, Carter’s mother

The image was released in a bid to combat knife crime, which has torn families such as Carter’s apart.

Olivia Keeley, 20, Carter’s mother, said she wanted the moving post to ‘stop just one person from picking up a knife or gun’.

Mr Bagshaw died from stab wounds during a vicious attack in Southey, Sheffield, in July – marking the tenth blade-related death in the South Yorkshire city in just 16 months.

Jordan Kissack, 25, one of Mr Bagshaw’s friends, shared the picture on Facebook with the caption: ‘Just a little advice for people that carry/use knives and guns. STOP!’

He continued: ‘Carter Bagshaw, I’ll keep hold of this picture forever in memory of your daddy.’

‘It killed me seeing mini Lewis at his funeral.

‘Today we laid to rest yet another one of my friends who should still be here but some coward took his life with a knife.

‘Whilst at the funeral reception we played video clips of memories and pictures of my dear childhood friend Lewis Bagshaw.

‘Whilst these were playing Carter started shouting ‘Daddy’ at the pictures . . . let that feeling sink in.’

Ms Keeley added: ‘Life is just completely the total opposite to how it was, it’s really empty and lonely, and there is a lot of sadness as well.’

‘The photograph breaks my heart but it shows the reality of knife crime.

‘From the moment Carter was born, Lewis was completed besotted and devoted to him. He was a devoted family man.’

‘He had passed his driving theory the month before he died and his test was booked. He was making his life better for us and our son.’

Jervaise Bennett, from Shirecliffe, Sheffield, and a boy, 16, who cannot be named, have been charged with murder.

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