Sheffield family pay tribute to stabbed Jamie

Missed: Jamie Stuart.
Missed: Jamie Stuart.
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FAMILY and friends of a Sheffield teenager stabbed to death gathered to remember him a year on from the tragedy.

Relatives of Jamie Stuart, who was stabbed on July 23 last year, said they were still struggling to come to terms with their loss as they commemorated the sombre anniversary at his graveside in Ecclesfield Cemetery.

Friends and family members gathered to light Chinese lanterns, set off balloons and lay flowers in tribute to the 19-year-old, who was killed in Parson Cross on the way home from the pub.

His mother, Dawn Gray, 46, said: “We’re all still devastated.

“We’re just about coping, but it has been a nightmare.

“I will never forget Jamie, I just can’t get him out of my head.

“He died so suddenly I had no chance to say goodbye.”

Jamie’s half-brother Lee Abakanowicz, grandmother Christiane Gray and girlfriend Chelsea Earnshaw were also among those marking the one-year anniversary of his death.

His father David Stuart, of Colley Crescent, is currently fighting leukaemia.

And Dawn, who has had a tattoo of Jamie’s face inked on her arm since he died, revealed that family members have been battling depression over the past year.

“He was my youngest son,” she said.

“It is so quiet without him around.

“I’ve been taking antidepressants and Jamie’s brother Lee is not coping very well. He was the only person he had.”

Dawn, of Orchard Close, Ecclesfield, said: “Jamie was a popular lad, everyone knew him. He had such a cheeky smile and all the girls liked him.”

Jamie, who divided his time between his mother’s house and his father David’s home on Colley Road, was walking home alone from the White Horse pub on Halifax Road when he was attacked.

He was found dying on Holgate Avenue having suffered multiple stab wounds.

Danny Parr, aged 20, of Broom Close, Rotherham, has been charged with his murder and will be tried later this year.