‘A sweet young life was cruelly taken’ - family and friends pay tribute to stab victim Jamie

News'Floral tributes at the scene of a stabbing at Parson Cross
News'Floral tributes at the scene of a stabbing at Parson Cross
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friends and neighbours have paid tribute to a ‘polite’ and ‘quiet’ young man stabbed to death on his way home after a night out.

friends and neighbours have paid tribute to a ‘polite’ and ‘quiet’ young man stabbed to death on his way home after a night out.

Jamie Stuart, aged 19, was found dying in Holgate Avenue, Parson Cross, in the early hours of Saturday with multiple stab wounds.

He had been to the White Horse pub on Halifax Road, Parson Cross, before he was attacked as he walked home.

Danny Robert Parr, also 19, of Broom Close, Rotherham, appeared before Sheffield magistrates yesterday charged with his murder and was remanded in custody pending a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court next week.

Jamie’s shocked friends and relatives, struggling to come to terms with his death, spent the weekend visiting the spot where he was found to lay flowers.

Among the floral tributes was a letter saying ‘a sweet young life was cruelly taken’ and a card written by his cousin Charlotte reads ‘a special cousin, forever loved, never forgotten’.

Another card says ‘my life is never going to be the same without you’.

A candle has been placed among the tributes and residents close to where Jamie was found said some Chinese lanterns were lit by a group of mourners.

Valerie Bream, 74, who lives close to the spot, said: “It’s very, very sad.

“I can’t stop thinking about the fact that he was lying outside bleeding while I was sleeping and if I had known or heard something I might have been able to help him - its very upsetting.

“These kind of things are getting too close for comfort.” Linda Leasley, 52, who also lives close to where Jamie was found dying, said: “I woke up on Saturday morning to find police outside my house and all over the street. They were here all day, blocked the road off and then spent two days doing door-to-door enquiries.

“I have seen his photograph and he was just a baby - too young to die.”

Neighbours who lived near Jamie on Orchard Close, Ecclesfield, said they were heartbroken at his death. Patricia Pack, 71, said: “Jamie came here as a baby so I have watched him grow up into a young man.

“I saw him a couple of weeks ago when he was with his girlfriend and I said it was nice to see him and his little face lit up. He would never walk past without speaking and he was always polite.

“I can’t believe this has happened - I can still see him playing outside when he was a little boy, I shall really miss him.”

Maureen Smart, 73, who lived next door to Jamie and his mum Dawn, said: “I have known him from being a young boy, its very upsetting - these things happen to other people not people you know.

“Jamie was quiet and kept himself to himself - he had a job in the building trade and was just starting out in life - he did not deserve this. His mum is in a really bad way - all he was doing on Friday night was going for a night out, so its hard to believe that he never came home.”

Anyone with information about the murder should call Moss Way Police Station on 0114 2963014 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

n Police are hunting a man responsible for another attack in Sheffield after a 36-year-old man was knifed in Woodthorpe.

He was injured in an incident on Woodthorpe Road at 7.10pm on Sunday in “a targeted attack”.

His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.