A devastated father has paid tribute to his “beautiful children” after the murder of his two children along with his best friend and mother.
Little Lacey, 11, and John, 13, were sleeping when police were called to their home in Kilmarsh, Derby yesterday.
Tragically, the young man whose age has not yet been released was found dead along with his friend and mother Terri Harris, 35.
One person has been arrested in connection with terror and is in custody.
Heartbroken father Jason Bennett sobbed today at the scene while laying flowers for Lacey and John as he said he wanted to “hug and kiss” them.
He also posted a devastating tribute to Facebook with poignant images of Lacey and John.
Jason said: “Absolutely broke my heart into a million pieces.
“I didn’t adequately protect my beautiful children from demons and now they are suddenly taken away from me.
“I am writing this as I am lost and broken on the 4 hour drive back home, I have just received the heartbreaking news that my beautiful boy John and beautiful daughter Lacey have been taken away from me. His mother Terri also lost her life and Lacy best friend was also snatched from the world.
“Life will never be the same. I love you both more than anything. Please take care of each other.
“Gone with so much to live for too quickly. I would have wanted to hold you and kiss you and tell you how much I love you. Thank you for making my world. All my loving father. XXX”.
Jason paid floral tributes to his “TikTok queen”, saying he was “lost without you”.
One note read: “Take care of your older brother and don’t wind him up.”
Jason also left a handwritten note at home for John, which read: “My beautiful son, keep your kind heart shining while the angels are looking after you for me.”
His mother Debbie paid tribute to her grandchildren on TODAY and revealed that “Girl Girl” Lacey was a West Ham fan who was into “pink and glitter.”
She said John loves computers and supported Sheffield on Wednesday.
Debbie said: “Lacey’s best friend was over to sleep and she was taken too.
“Her parents are going to be devastated, just like we are.
“They were just the best behaved kids. Always please and thank you.
“If you’ve ever bought them a gift, they’ll be the first to thank you on Facebook.
“I don’t know how we’re going to cope.”
Jason’s father Trevor said: “I don’t know how he’s going to come through this.
“He’s going to need a lot of strength.”
Police confirmed that a murder investigation had been launched and said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the “isolated” incident.
Close families of the victims have now been apprised and specially trained officers are with them.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge, who is leading the investigation, said: “We would really like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning, or has any information they think will help with our inquiry. can do.
“No matter how small you think the information may be, please contact us.
“This is certainly a worrying time for the community, and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding at this time.
“It was important for us that the close relatives of those involved were informed before any further details of the incident could be disclosed.”
Police confirmed that patrols were being carried out to “reassurance” the panic following.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact the police Online or citing references 302-190921 on 101.