Sheffield murder victim to be remembered

Simon Holdsworth and his fiancee Carleen McKeown.
Simon Holdsworth and his fiancee Carleen McKeown.
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Friends and relatives of a Sheffield man killed on his way home are due to release balloons tomorrow to mark his 37th birthday.

Simon Holdsworth was attacked in a field next to Rainbow Forge Primary School, Hackenthorpe, on Monday, December 16.

His body was discovered by a member of the public the following day.

A 45-year-old Sheffield man was arrested on suspicion of murder in January and later released on bail.

However, nobody has been charged with the crime.

Tomorrow, on what would have been his 37th birthday, Simon’s friends and relatives are due to gather at 4.30pm at the spot where the paint sprayer was killed.

They are due to each tie messages to balloons before they are released as part of National Balloon Week.

Carleen McKeown, Simon’s fiancée, said: “There are so many other local tragedies that take hold of people’s hearts.

“That and the fact there is no news to report in connection with Simon’s murder means Simon could so easily be placed on the back burner.

“Simon was such a bright light in my life and the best dad to Tiarnan.

“We had so many happy memories on that field.

“Even though it ended in heart-breaking tragedy, I’d like Tiarnan to have happy memories, remember his daddy and the good times we shared.

“We walked our dog there, went sledging and watched them spend hours play footie.”

As part of the event, aimed at reminding people about the crime, there will be a circus workshop, face painting, balloon modelling and a tombola.

Money raised will go to Sheffield’s Weston Park cancer hospital and a memorial fund set up after Sheffield teenager Jasmyn Chan was killed by a hit-and-run driver this month.