TRIBUTES are flooding in following the death of a teenage father stabbed to death in a street.
The family of Joseph Smith, 18, who died from a single wound to the chest, have paid tribute to the teenager known as Joey.
Parents Betsy and Charles Smith, said in a statement: “We are all devastated at the loss of Joey; he was a loving son, brother, boyfriend and father. His death leaves a big whole in our family, which we can’t fill.
“He was only 18 and taken from us too soon. We will miss him terribly.”
Joey, of Darlington Grove, Moorends, was stabbed at the junction of Locarno Road and Barnsley Road. A 15-year-old Moorends boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder.
Police sealed off the scene while forensic experts combed for clues. A weapon, which police believe could have been used to stab Joey, was recovered.
Floral tributes haves built at the junction. Among tributes are a bunch of ﬂowers from his partner Hayley Webster, their daughter Ellie-May, and the ‘Bump’ that would have become Joseph’s second child later this year.
“Always in our heart, mush, never be forgotten, love you so much,” it read.
Joey, lived with his parents and seven brothers and sister.
His heartbroken dad had to travel to Shefﬁeld to identify his eldest son’s body as part of the police inquiry.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “I just want to fetch him back.
“I was at home when I heard ambulances going past and I said to Joe’s mum I could hear police cars heading somewhere near Barnsley Road.
“I looked out the window and then someone rang to say Joe had been stabbed. We came straight up, but the police wouldn’t let me come to him.
“I said it was my son but they kept us back because the ambulance people were working on him. They kept jumping his heart. My missus wanted to hold him but she couldn’t get to him.
“They tried to bring him back but I think he was already dead when he left here. His mum is in a right state now.”
Cliff Garnett, 72, who has lived in Locarno Road for 48 years, said: “I heard police cars and ambulances and when I came outside I saw the lad lying there on the floor. They were trying to resuscitate him but he looked lifeless. This is a really decent street and everyone is shocked.”
The 15-year-old is due to appear at Doncaster Youth Court today following Joey’s death on March 23.