Households have paid tribute to a girl and three youngsters killed at a house close to Sheffield, as an investigation into their deaths continues.
The our bodies of John Paul Bennett, 13, Lacey Bennett, 11, their mom, Terri Harris, 35, and Lacey’s pal Connie Gent, 11, had been found at a house in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, on 19 September.
Damien Bendall, 31, from Killamarsh, is to face trial subsequent yr charged with the murders of Harris and the three youngsters. He’s anticipated to seem in courtroom once more in November.
Specifically skilled officers proceed to work with relations of the deceased, who on Thursday paid tribute to their family members.
Jason Bennett, John Paul and Lacey’s father, mentioned: “Life won’t ever be the identical once more. Households have been left damaged by the terrible lack of John, Lacey, Terri and Connie.
“My son John was completely my mini me. Loving, fiery, humorous and passionate, with essentially the most stunning caring coronary heart you possibly can discover. Behind his powerful exterior he was essentially the most loving son you possibly can want for. His love for his mum was superb. He simply wished everybody to be glad.
“Lacey was my TikTok queen, creating dance after dance. Lacey additionally had one other obsession; since Jack Grealish joined Man Metropolis she has turn into completely besotted with him, with a room stuffed with Jack Grealish photographs. Man Metropolis was her new favorite workforce.”
Kerry Shelton, Connie’s mom, mentioned: “Anybody who is aware of Connie is aware of simply how particular she is. Connie had an incredible creativeness and was all the time able to placed on a present, particularly at Christmas when she would write performs to behave out along with her brothers and sister. At birthdays, Halloween or at any given probability Connie can be organising, making or baking. She all the time made issues so particular.”
Connie’s father, Charles Gent, added: “I can’t imagine I’m even having to say this, or these phrases even cross my lips. The ache is indescribable. I get up each morning hoping this has all been a horrible nightmare, but it surely’s not. It’s the insufferable actuality that my little woman has gone.
“Connie was an absolute celebrity in each approach. She had a present. If somebody was down, she might immediately make them really feel OK. She lit up each room she went in and meant one thing to everybody she got here throughout, even in exhausting occasions. Connie had the power to maintain everybody smiling.”
In a joint assertion, Harris’s dad and mom, Angela Smith and Lawrence Harris, mentioned: “[Terri] made many pals all through her brief life and remained loyal to all of them. She was an incredible mum; her infants had been her world.
“Terri would put herself out not only for her household and pals however anybody who wanted her assist. She completely liked her work as a care employee and would go above and past for the individuals she cared for.”
They added: “She was her mum’s rock all through her diseases and was completely idolised by all her grandparents. Terri idolised them again in return.”
A spokesperson for Derbyshire constabulary mentioned the provisional reason for demise for all 4 victims had been recognized as “blunt pressure trauma”.
The total findings of the pathologists’ stories can be made obtainable to the inquests into the 4 deaths, more likely to happen subsequent yr following the conclusion of the felony proceedings towards Bendall.