Devastated dad sobs 'life will never be the same' as kids, mum and pal killed on sleepover as man arrested for 'murder'

Devastated dad sobs 'life will never be the same' as kids, mum and pal killed on sleepover as man arrested for 'murder'

September 20, 2021

A DEVASTATED dad has paid tribute to his "beautiful babies" after his two children were murdered alongside their best pal and mum.

Little Lacey and John were having a sleepover when police were called to their home in Killamarsh, Derbys, yesterday.

Tragically the youngsters, whose ages haven't been released, were found dead along with their friend and mum Terri Harris, 35.

A man has been arrested in connection with the horror and remains in custody.

Heartbroken dad Jason Bennett sobbed today while laying flowers for Lacey and John at the scene as he told how he wanted to "hug and kiss" them.

He also posted a devastating tribute on Facebook alongside touching images of Lacey and John.

Jason said: "Absolutely broken my heart into a million pieces.

"I didnt protect my beautiful babies enough from the monsters and now they have been suddenly taken away from me.

"I'm writing this as I'm lost and broken on a 4 hour drive back home having just received heartbreaking news that my beautiful boy John and beautiful daughter Lacey have been taken away from me. Their mum Terri also lost her life and Laceys best friend was also taken away from the world.

"Life will never be the same. I love you both more than anything. Please look after each other.

"Gone too soon with so much to live for. I wish I could hold you and kiss you and tell you how much i love you. Thank you for making my world. All my love dad. Xxx".

Jason addressed a floral tribute to his "TikTok queen", saying he was "lost without you".

A note read: "Look after your big brother and don’t wind him up."

Jason also left a handwritten note at the house for John, reading: "My beautiful son, keep your kind heart shining while the angels are looking after you for me."


Police confirmed a murder probe had been launched and said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the "isolated" incident.

Close family of the victims have now been made aware and specially trained officers are with them.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge, who is leading the investigation team, said: “We would really like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning, or has any information which they think could help with our inquiries.

"No matter how small you think that information may be, please do get in touch with us.

“It is understandably a worrying time for the community, and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding at this time.

"It was important to us that close relatives of those involved were informed before we could give further details about incident."

Police confirmed patrols are being carried out for "reassurance" following the horror.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact police online or on 101 quoting reference 302-190921.

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