Friends pay tribute to stab victim Jamie

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FRIENDS and neighbours have paid tribute to 19-year-old Jamie Stuart who was stabbed to death on his way home after a night out in Sheffield.

Flowers were laid at the spot in Holgate Avenue, Parson Cross, where he was found dying with multiple stab wounds in the early hours of Saturday after going to the White Horse pub in Halifax Road.

Jamie, of Orchard Close, Ecclesfield, died in the Northern General Hospital.

Danny Robert Parr, also 19, of Broom Close, Rotherham, appeared before Sheffield magistrates on Monday charged with his murder and was remanded in custody pending a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court next week.

Two men and a youth who had been arrested in connection with the incident were released on Sunday night without charge.

Holgate Avenue was closed over the weekend while police examined the scene and interviewed residents.

Among the floral tributes was a letter saying ‘a sweet young life was cruelly taken’ and a card written by his cousin Charlotte reads ‘a special cousin, forever loved, never forgotten’.

Another card says, ‘My life is never going to be the same without you’.

Valerie Bream, aged 74, who lives nearby, said: “It’s very, very sad. I can’t stop thinking about the fact that he was lying outside bleeding while I was sleeping and if I had known or heard something I might have been able to help him – it’s very upsetting. These kind of things are getting too close for comfort.”

Neighbour Linda Leasley, 52, said: “I woke up on Saturday morning to find police outside my house and all over the street. They were here all day, blocked the road off and then spent two days doing door-to-door inquiries. I have seen his photograph and he was just a baby – too young to die.”

Maureen Smart, 73, who lived next door to Jamie and his mum Dawn, said: “I have known him from being a young boy, its very upsetting – these things happen to other people, not people you know.”

Officers at Moss Way police station are investigating.