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Headteacher’s heartfelt Killamarsh tribute as school day changed for pupils after tragedy


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A school headteacher has issued a heartfelt message after the devastating Killamarsh tragedy in which three children and a woman were killed.

Connie Gent, aged 11, Lacey Bennett, also 11, Lacey’s brother John Paul Bennett 13, and Lacey and John’s mum Terri Harris were found dead at a property in Chandos Crescent in Killamarsh in the Derbyshire edges of Sheffield.

Police made the devastating announcement of their deaths on Sunday and a 31-year-old man from Killamarsh, who was known to the family, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Outwood Academy City school in Sheffield closed on Monday following the death of the three children.

And on Monday evening headteacher Julie Slater posted an emotional message to parents.

She said: “We are devastated by the loss of 3 beautiful children.

“We will come together as a family to support each other through this terrible time. Our thoughts & prayers are with our families whose lives will never be the same again. RIP John Paul, Lacey & Connie”.

The school has also announced a delayed start on Tuesday morning. A spokesperson for the school added: “There will be a delayed start to the day tomorrow (Tuesday).

“Students should arrive at school for 10:30am and go directly to Tutor Groups. Thank you for the support that has been received in these very difficult times.”

Killamarsh murder investigation

A fundraising appeal has been set up to help the two families affected pay for funerals and memorials.

A team of detectives have been working through the night to understand the circumstances that led to their deaths and anyone with any information is urged to come forward.

Of particular interest is anyone who was in the Chandos Crescent area between 9.30pm on Saturday evening and 7.30am the following day and who may have information that would be helpful to the investigation.

Written by: Rother Radio News

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