"One in a million": Tributes to Sheffield 'hero' murdered while trying to protect brother from thugs armed with knives
Tributes have been paid to a man who died a ‘hero’ while trying to protect his brother from two thugs armed with knives at a party in Sheffield.
Dad-of-two Marcus Ramsay, aged 35, was stabbed to death in an attack on Horninglow Road, Firth Park, shortly after midnight on Saturday, August 8, 2020.
Ruben Moreno and Isaac Ramsey, both 18, arrived at a house party armed with blades and when violence flared at the gathering it triggered a chain of events which resulted in Marcus being stabbed through his heart as he tried to protect his brother.
Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court heard Marcus was trying to prevent the pair from chasing his brother through crowds which gathered in the street outside after another man was knifed.
Monero stabbed Marcus and was found guilty of murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years behind bars after being handed a life sentence yesterday.
Ramsey was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for a minimum of 14 years.
Both teens went on the run for a number of weeks after the killing.
Jailing them, Judge Peters Kelson QC said: “Marcus Ramsay died a hero. He gave his life to save his brother. He never saw the knife coming, you never gave him a chance.”
Senior investigating officer, DCI Mark Oughton said: “Marcus Ramsay was an innocent bystander, whose gut instinct was to intervene and protect his brother from two teenagers he could clearly see were armed. Marcus was doing his very best to diffuse a dangerous situation. He wasn’t involved in the evening’s violence; he was trying to put a stop to it.”
Speaking after yesterday’s sentencing Marcus’ friend Noreen Kaseem posted a tribute on Facebook, in which she said: “Justice will never be served. They took a great man, a son, a brother a father and a friend, they don’t deserve to breathe. Sleep tight Marcus.”
Friend Carol Kerrigan added: “Heartbreaking. Marcus was a great guy and always there to help anyone and so proud of his family and his baby. God bless you bro, one in a million.”