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 image was released to combat knife crime, which has torn families apart— Wilda V. Heard (@drWilda) October 1, 2019
Mr Bagshaw died from stab wounds during a vicious attack in Sheffield, in July
Jervaise Bennett, from Shirecliffe, Sheffield, and a boy, 16, charged with murder https://t.co/9SLvi5GcyQ via @MailOnline
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.
The photo of 17-month-old Carter Bagshaw shovelling earth into his father's grave has been shared online— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) September 30, 2019
Lewis Bagshaw, 21, was stabbed to death in Southey, Sheffield, in Julyhttps://t.co/I6CO80VRWK
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."
Heartbreaking moment 17-month-old boy helps to BURY his own father at funeral is released in bid to show tragic consequences of knife crime— Wilda V. Heard (@drWilda) October 1, 2019
Carter Bagshaw is seen holding the shovel as he spreads soil over Lewis's coffin
The toddler said 'Daddy' during the September 18 funeral
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
My friends brother was stabbed to death 2months ago for his bike & his phone. His family buried him yesterday. Knife crime in the uk is a sad reality. Please help fight it by signing this petition to introduce a minimum sentence for carry a knife. Pls rt x https://t.co/dfjU6cATDd— Rickie H-Williams (@RickieHW) September 14, 2019
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."
This child will, thankfully, never have a formed memory of this. A shame they’ll have the image of it follow them.— D a v e (@onetwtuser) September 30, 2019
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.
"Knife Angel" is a giant sculpture made of 100,000 knives confiscated from police stations throughout the UK in an effort to raise awareness of the growing rate of knife crime. The sculpture was created by British artist Alfie Bradley pic.twitter.com/Incz3lJfoP— 41 Strange (@41Strange) September 22, 2019