Killamarsh tragedy: Devastated dad expresses heartbreak at deaths of son and daughter

The devastated dad of two children found dead in a house in Killamarsh over the weekend has spoken of his heartbreak and named the youngsters publicly on Facebook.

Monday, 20th September 2021, 1:58 pm

Police were called to the property on Chandos Crescent at around 7.25am on Sunday amid concerns for the safety of those at the address.

It is understood that the bodies of a woman and three children were believed to have been found in the house.

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Lacey and John Bennett died alongside their mum and a friend in Killamarsh.

Derbyshire Constabulary is leading the investigation into the deaths and a man has been arrested.

The force is not looking for anyone else.

Dad Jason Bennett said the loss of his children, Lacey and John, had ‘absolutely broken’ his heart into ‘a million pieces’.

He described the children as his ‘beautiful babies’ and how he now feels ‘lost and broken’.

Flowers have been left in Killamarsh in tribute to those who died.

Jason visited the crime scene on Monday.

He was consoled and hugged after breaking down in tears close to the spot where floral tributes have been left.

Lacey and John are believed to have died alongside their mum, Terri Harris, and Lacey’s best friend, who has not yet been named.

In a public post on Facebook, Jason said: “I’m writing this as I’m lost and broken on a four 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 Lacey’s 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.”

In other subsequent public posts, the devastated dad added: “I need my babies back. Life will never be the same. My angels.”

He added: “Look after your children. They are the love of your life and without them it’s empty. Your life is insignificant when you lose the ones you love.”

Floral tributes are being placed in the town as people speak of their shock at the ‘heartbreaking’ events and offer their condolences to the victims’ loved ones.

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