Friends today paid an emotional tribute to a ‘besotted’ young couple from Sheffield killed in a three-car road crash.
Talented musician Stephen Donnelly, aged 26, who was an associate pastor at Sheffield’s Antioch Community Church, and his girlfriend church volunteer Mandy Gold 21, died on their way home from a wedding.
The fatal collision happened on the A14 near Naseby, Northamptonshire, on Saturday night.
Todd Roberts, a friend of the young couple and a senior pastor at the Antioch Community Church in Broomhall, paid tribute to them and said the church community was ‘terribly sad’.
He said Stephen, from Treeton in Rotherham, and Mandy, who lived with her parents in Harthill, near Sheffield, had become a couple about a year ago and ‘loved’ sharing their Christian faith with others.
Mr Roberts said: “They were a devoted couple, they were besotted with each other.
“Everybody at the church has been really shocked.
“We are terribly sad about our loss and just trying to grieve.
“But at the same time the great hope of the Christian faith is what the bible tells us, our true home is Heaven and that’s what all this life is preparing us for.
“We hope that we will meet again.”
Stephen a musician who played the piano and the guitar, had been playing at a family wedding in Kettering before tragedy stuck.
He was performing at a venue close to where he lived before he moved to Sheffield to study, on Saturday night.
He and girlfriend Mandy were driving back to South Yorkshire together at about 11pm when their green Ford Ka was in collision with a light-coloured Mercedes and a red Peugeot 208.
William Wilson, aged 33, of Westrum Lane, Brigg, Humberside, has appeared in court in connection with the crash.
He is due to appear in court in Northampton next month charged with causing both of their deaths by dangerous driving and of driving after consuming excess alcohol.
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