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Brother, 13, and sister, 11, killed at sleepover laid to rest two days after mum

Brother, 13, and sister, 11, killed at sleepover laid to rest two days after mum

10/25/2021 12:26:00 AM

Brother, 13, and sister, 11, killed at sleepover laid to rest two days after mum

John Paul Bennett, 13, and his sister Lacey, 11, were killed alongside their mum Terri Harris, 35, and Lacey's friend Connie Gent, 11, during a sleepover last month

.Their bodies were found by police who had been called to reports of concerns for a man's safety in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, on Sunday, September 19.The siblings were buried at a private ceremony on Saturday, two days after mourners lined the streets to say goodbye to their mum Terri.

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Their heartbroken dad Jason had previously asked mourners to learn and sing along to The Greatest Showman's Never Enough at the service.He said he would sing the song, from the Hugh Jackman blockbuster, with his 'beautiful babies' while driving in his car and it held special memories for him.

At Mr Bennett's request, his children's funeral details were kept private and only close friends and family attended the service.He previously posted on Facebook : "A message to everyone attending my babies funeral. All are welcome. I have a request to anyone who can help me on the day. headtopics.com

"Me and my babies always used to sing a certain song in our car and belt it out like nothing else matters."I'm trying to stay strong and while I'm carrying both my babies on my shoulders I'm determined to belt the song they love out loud as if we were in our car.

"Sing along if you like and give me hope and strength and celebrate my beautiful happy babies. My love to everyone."The youngsters were killed during a sleepover with their friend Connie at their mum's house in Killamarsh, Derbys., on September 19.

Police were called to the house at 7.26am to concerns for the safety of a man.When officers entered the house they found the bodies of Terri, John Paul, Lacey and Connie. Terri's boyfriend, Damien Bendall, 31, was arrested and charged over the murders and is due to stand trial next year.

An inquest opening into the deaths heard a coroner was awaiting full post-mortem reports but said they died following a 'violent attack'.Chesterfield Coroner's Court heard a relative of Bendall had called Dorset Police to say the defendant had sustained a self-inflicted stab wound. headtopics.com

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