THE murder of Sheffield teenager Jamie Stuart is the latest in a series of tragic blows to be dealt his family, the youngster’s grieving aunt revealed today.
Debbie Connealy says her nephew’s death at the weekend came just weeks after his grandmother Rosina Stuart died from hepatitis.
Debbie says Jamie’s dad David Stuart – who is fighting leukaemia – was already dealing with the grief of losing his mother in June and is now ‘absolutely devastated’ by his son’s violent death.
Jamie, aged 19, was stabbed on his way home after a night out in Parson Cross, Sheffield. He was found dying in Holgate Avenue after suffering multiple stab wounds.
Today his aunt paid tribute to Jamie and revealed how his father David, 52, of Colley Crescent, Parson Cross, had been hit hard by his son’s death.
She said: “David has got leukaemia and our mum died in June and now this. He is absolutely devastated at losing Jamie.”
Debbie said the family were struggling to come to terms with Jamie’s murder, particularly as it had come so soon after her mother’s death.
She said: “Jamie was a lovely lad, so happy go-lucky and he’d just started a job in the building trade. The first thing I knew about it was when my brother rang me from the hospital at 2am and said ‘Jamie’s just died’. I just couldn’t believe it.
“Jamie was walking home on his own after a night out when he was attacked. He wasn’t a lad that got into fights, we don’t know why it’s happened, it’s just so unfair.”
Before he was attacked, Jamie had been to the White Horse pub on Halifax Road, Parson Cross.
Debbie said he used to split his time between his separated parents, sometimes staying with his dad in Parson Cross and the rest of the time living with his mum Dawn in Ecclesfield.
Debbie, 49, from Ecclesfield, who has two daughters and a son, said: “Jamie was a lovely lad. He used to enjoy spending time with my daughter Victoria when he was younger. They used to go to Sunday school together.
“His dad is in a terrible way. He has had leukaemia for many years and he gets very tired. Our mum died in June and now this – he’s just devastated.”
Jamie also leaves behind his mum Dawn, his stepbrother Lee and his girlfriend Chelsea. His funeral has not yet been arranged.
n Danny Robert Parr, aged 19, of Broom Close, Rotherham, has been charged with Jamie’s murder. He has appeared in court and is due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court next week for a preliminary hearing.