A grieving Sheffield family has paid a heartfelt Father’s Day tribute to a murder victim, a year on from his tragic death.
Tomorrow will be the first Father’s Day Bronley and Brennan will spend without their dad, Grant Bodell – and the first anniversary since he was shot dead.
His two children have said: “We would trade in all our tomorrows for just one more day with you.”
Mr Bodell, of Windy House Lane, Manor, was found with gunshot wounds on wasteland near Queen Mary Road in the early hours of June 21 last year.
The 23-year-old was rushed to hospital but medics were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead a short time later.
A family tribute in today’s Star from Bronley and Brennan said: “Our first Father’s Day without you.
“We miss you so much, we would trade in all our tomorrows for just one more day with you. Love you always.”
A second memoriam message from all of Mr Bodell’s family and friends reads: “Tragically taken from us a year ago.
“A million times we have needed you, a million times we have cried.
“If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
“Love and miss you always, from all your family and friends.”
Mr Bodell’s loved ones bid a sad farewell to him at a packed funeral on August 15 last year, where he was described as a ‘loving son, caring dad, cherished brother and uncle.’
He was taken to City Road Cemetery by a horse drawn carriage as grieving relatives and friends walked in front. The service was attended by almost 400 people.
Torrington Smith, aged 25, of Samuel Close, Norfolk Park, has been charged with killing the father-of-two and appeared in court for a preliminary hearing in April.
He is set to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on July 29 for a plea and case management hearing, and a trial date has provisionally been set for November 17. He has been remanded in custody.