Story behind a photo of a UK boy shoveling dirt on his father's grave

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A harrowing photo of a child helping shovel dirt in his father's coffin was shared online in a powerful message against violent crime in the UK.

The image was shared on Facebook by Jordan Kissack, whose 21-year-old partner Lewis Bagshaw, was stabbed to death during an altercation in July.

"Today we let another one of my friends rest, which should still be here, but a coward took his life with a knife," wrote Kissack on September 18th.

"Just a little tip for people carrying / using knives and guns. STOP!"

The 17-month-old boy helps bury his father's coffin. Source: Facebook / Jordan Kissack

The violent attack took place in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and is just one of many knife-related deaths in the country in recent years.

In 2018, the number of fatal stabbings in the UK reached a record, with 285 people killed.

The figures published in July of this year showed an increase of 8% of the crimes committed in the previous year in England and Wales.

Between April 2018 and March 2019, the police recorded 43,516 crimes involving a knife or a sharp instrument.

Next to the haunting image of the funeral, Kissack described how his dead friend's 17-month-old son reacted to seeing his father's photos before he was buried in service.

"While we were at the funeral reception, we played video clips of memories and images of my dear childhood friend Lewis Bagshaw while they were playing his son Carter who started shouting" DADDY "at the pictures," he wrote.

"Let the feeling sink when you have been taken in by your beloved girlfriend, son, friends and family, imagine the pain that everyone is going through because someone has taken your life that should not have been taken."

Kissack pleaded with other young men to think before using a knife in a violent situation.

"A moment of anger causes a life of pain for others."

Lewis Bagshaw with his son, Carter (left), and his partner, Olivia Keeleey (right). Source: Facebook

Speaking with the BBC, Carter's mother, Olivia Keeley, said she hoped the picture "would prevent one person from taking a knife or a gun".

"Life is completely the opposite of what it was, it is really empty and lonely, and it is also very sad", he said after the killing of his partner.

The Sheffield Man Jervaise Bennett, 20, appeared in court on September 26, charged with the murder of Lewis Bagshaw.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be appointed for legal reasons, was also charged with murder and legal proceedings remain ongoing, South Yorkshire police said in a statement.

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