17-Month-Old Toddler Says "Daddy" As He Helps Bury His Own Father Who Was Knifed To Death

17-Month-Old Toddler Says "Daddy" As He Helps Bury His Own Father Who Was Knifed To Death

In a truly heartbreaking moment, the toddler said "daddy" as she shoveled mud onto her father's grave in front of the rest of his family.

It's a sorry moment for a son or daughter to bury their parents. But having them taken away from you way before adulthood is a gut-wrencher. 

Carter Bagshaw lost his father Lewis to stab wounds following a vicious attack in Sheffield, back in July. A tearful 17-month-old Carter was photographed helping the gravediggers bury his 21-year-old father in Shiregreen Cemetery, Sheffield. He is seen holding the shovel handle and spreading soil over the grave. The distraught little boy even said 'Daddy' during the funeral that was held on September 18th, paid witness to by family and friends. The police have reported that Jervaise Bennett, from Shirecliffe, Sheffield, and another boy, 16, were charged with the murder. 


The photo was released by friends on Facebook, in an effort to raise awareness and combat knife crimes in the UK, which has devastated families such as Carter's. Almost nine in every 10 crimes involving a knife or a sharp instrument in England and Wales were robberies or violent assaults. Rape, attempted murder, sexual assault and homicide accounted for a very small proportion of offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument. 


Carter's mother, Olivia, 20, tearfully expressed how she hoped that the post would "stop just one person from picking up a knife or gun". The father Lewis was the tenth-knife related death in the South Yorkshire city in just over a year.  Britain is seeing a rise in knife crimes across the country, but in Kent and West Yorkshire, it is rising at the fastest rate of all. Knife crime in England and Wales has been rising since 2014 and reached a peak in the year to September 2018, according to the last report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Olivia also said that "Life is just completely the total opposite to how it was, it's really empty and lonely, and there is a lot of sadness as well. The photograph breaks my heart but it shows the reality of knife crime. From the moment Carter was born, Lewis was completed besotted and devoted to him. He was a devoted family man. He had passed his driving theory the month before he died and his test was booked. He was making his life better for us and our son."


One of Lewis' friends, Jordan Kissack, 25, shared the heartbreaking picture on social media with the caption: "Just a little advice for people that carry/use knives and guns. STOP!'" He continued, "Carter Bagshaw, I'll keep hold of this picture forever in the memory of your daddy. It killed me seeing mini Lewis at his funeral. Today we laid to rest yet another one of my friends who should still be here but some coward took his life with a knife." "'Whilst at the funeral reception we played video clips of memories and pictures of my dear childhood friend Lewis Bagshaw. Whilst these were playing Carter started shouting 'Daddy' at the pictures . . . let that feeling sink in." he added


 Kissack told Sheffield's local paper The Star: "Seeing Lewis' son at his funeral was the final straw for me and made me speak out.  Too many people are dying, too many lives are being destroyed and too many families are being ripped apart,' he said. "I've been stabbed, I've experienced knife crime, I've seen guns being pulled. I know what it is like to be constantly looking over your shoulder. But there are other ways. There is another way of life and I want to do all I can to persuade the younger generation to put their knives down." 


Mail Online reported that in 2018 there were eight fatal stabbings in Sheffield. South Yorkshire is among the top five local authority areas to see increases in knife crime. Last month a report by the University of Sheffield, along with charities and youth organizations produced ten recommendations on how to cut knife offending. The outlet noted that they included reducing school exclusions, increasing the diversity of teaching staff and paying young people and adults from affected communities to help design strategies to reduce violence. 


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