Tributes paid to dad killed in his city flat

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THE heartbroken daughter of a Sheffield man stabbed to death in his home has spoken of her loss and described her dad as “one in a million”.

Gary Beech, aged 44, of Batemoor Road, Batemoor, was found dead in his flat on Friday, June 24, and 31-year-old neighbour Benjamin Anthony Scott has been charged with his murder.

The father-of-two, who also had a grandchild, had served in the army and worked as a paint sprayer and truck driver.

He had lived in Sheffield for around two years before tragedy struck after moving to the city from Lancashire to build a new life for himself.

His daughter Michaela Beech, posting a tribute on The Star’s website, said: “I love you so much dad.”

She also said she felt she had lost part of herself and was sad that her son would never know his grandfather.

The grieving woman went on to say that she would find it impossible to ever forgive his killer.

“My dad was one in a million. People say you learn to forgive - that’s one thing that I won’t do,” she added.

“Life is precious. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

“ I love you dad and I just wish I had that one last chance to tell him.”

Another relative, Karen, said Gary’s family appreciated the kind words of friends and neighbours following his death.

“I’m glad that you all had the chance to meet him - he really is one in a million.

“Anyone who can think of him and not smile never really knew him.”

A neighbour, posting a message under the name ‘bufferdude’, said: “He was a lovely man and would do anything for anybody, a real gent.

“He always made me feel welcome and said ‘you only have to knock on my door anytime for a chat.’

“We were both Lancastrians by birth so we had that in common. I feel a deep sense of sadness and great shock at his untimely death.”