Floral tributes for Sheffield murder victim

Floral tributes left for Jon-Paul Smith
Floral tributes left for Jon-Paul Smith

Flowers and heartfelt tributes have been left at the spot where a man was fatally attacked on a night out in Sheffield.

Jon-Paul Smith, aged 42, St George’s Close, Netherthorpe, was assaulted at the junction of West Street and Eldon Street on Friday, September 5 and died from head injuries the following day.

The churchgoer, who was recovering from alcoholism, had lived in Sheffield for 20 years after moving from Bootle, Liverpool.

A Liverpool FC scarf is among the street shrine set up in memory of the dad-of-one along with a card which simply says ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ - the Liverpool FC anthem.

His sister Sharon and brother-in-law Richard, have left an heartrending message among the flowers.

It reads: “You gave us such joy. We loved you so much and we know you loved us too.

“We are devastated that such a terrible thing has happened. We will miss you for the rest of our lives.

“Thanks for the wonderful memories.”

Another tribute, from Laura and Kirah, reads: “Don’t think a day goes by when I don’t think of you - such a character, always in our hearts.”

A card, from Katy, reads: “Safe in God’s hands. I’ll never forget you. Love and miss you always.”

Jo, describes Jon-Paul as her ‘lovely friend’ in her written tribute.

It reads: “I can’t believe you have been taken in such a terrible way.”

Three men arrested over the death have been bailed pending further inquiries.