Killamarsh deaths: Dad of young victims reveals favourite song to be played at funeral

The heartbroken dad of two children who died alongside their mum and friend has revealed that one of their favourite songs is to be played at their funeral.

Sunday, 17th October 2021, 1:57 pm

John Paul and Lacey Bennett died with their mum Terri Harris and Lacey’s best friend, Connie Gent, in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, on September 19.

Officers were called to Chandos Crescent over concerns for the welfare of a man but when they entered a property in the street they found four bodies.

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Lacey and John Paul Bennett were killed alongside their mum and friend during an attack in Killamarsh, Derbyshire

Terri was aged 35, John Paul was 13 and best friends Lacey and Connie, who had been on a sleepover, were both 11.

Damien Bendall, 31, of Chandos Crescent, has been charged with four counts of murder and is remanded in custody.

He is due in court again next month.

Jason Bennett, the father of John Paul and Lacey, has kept their funeral details private but has issued a plea for help and support ahead of the service.

A sea of floral tributes was left in the Killamarsh street where a woman and three children were killed last month

In a Facebook post, he revealed that he and his beloved children used to sing the ‘Never Enough’ song from The Greatest Showman film when they were travelling together in their car.

Heartbroken Jason said he plans to sing the song as he carries his children in their coffins on their funeral day.

In a plea for support he said: “I have a request to anyone who can help me on the day. Me and my babies always used to sing a certain song in our car and belt it out like nothing else matters.

“I’m trying to stay strong and while I’m carrying both my babies on my shoulders I’m determined to belt the song they love out loud as if we were in our car.

A man has been charged with four counts of murder following an attack in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, last month

“Sing along if you like and give me hope and strength and celebrate my beautiful. happy babies.

“Practice if you like...all my love to you all.”

John Paul and Lacey used to live in Woodhouse, Sheffield, before they moved to Killamarsh with their mum.

Connie was also from Woodhouse and all three children had attended the local primary school there before moving to Outwood Academy City in Stradbroke.