Killamarsh stabbing: Sheffield man killed in attack named locally as ‘amazing daddy’ Ricky Collins
A murder probe has been launched following the death of a man described as an ‘amazing daddy’ in an attack near Sheffield.
Police officers were deployed to Westthorpe Road, Killamarsh, at around 10pm yesterday following reports of a disturbance at a house.
When they arrived they found a man seriously injured close to the junction of Westthorpe Road and Upperthorpe Road.
It has since emerged that the man, named locally as Ricky Collins, could not be saved and a murder investigation has been launched.
Shocked residents claim Ricky was stabbed to death, but details on the circumstances of the attack have not yet been released by Derbyshire Constabulary.
In a statement released earlier today, the force said: “A road in Killamarsh has been closed following a serious assault last night.
“Police were called to Westthorpe Road at about 10pm last night after reports of a disturbance at a house.
“A man was then found injured near the junction of Westthorpe Road and Upperthorpe Road and was treated by paramedics, before being taken to hospital.
“Officers are still at the scene and part of Westthorpe Road is closed while the investigation enters its early stages.”
Tributes have been paid to Ricky online, with friend Maria Sheeran posting on Facebook: “Absolutely no words. Sleep tight Ricky.”
She described him as ‘the most amazing daddy’ to his son.
Keisha Deanne said she was ‘heartbroken’ at the death and Kenzie New added: “Best hearted always go first. Cruel world we live in. My heart goes out to his family and son.”
Sheffield woman Kathleen Collins, is among those to have paid her respects.
Mrs Collins, whose late husband Willy Collins was known as the ‘King of Sheffield’ in traveller circles, said: “RIP to a good old friend of my husband and boys, can’t believe it this morning. A poor boy’s life took from him.
“God help his poor mother this morning, it’s heartbreaking. You was a lovely boy.
"God give you a good bed in heaven.”
Bernadette Bashforth described the death as ‘so sad’ and Kathleen Mcdonagh described it as ‘so, so cruel’ before posting “RIP beautiful angel’.