The father of two children who were killed in their home said his “heart is in a million pieces” as police launched a murder investigation into four deaths.
Jason Bennett laid flowers for his son, John, and daughter, Lacey, and said he was “heartbroken” and “shattered” during emotional scenes at the site of the tragedy.
Derbyshire Police said they were called to a house on Chandos Crescent in Killamarsh, 10 miles south of Sheffield, at around 7.25am on Sunday and found the bodies of four people. A murder inquiry has been launched and one man is in custody.
The victims were named on Monday afternoon by police as 35-year-old Terri Harris, her two children 11-year-old John Paul Bennett and 13-year-old Lacey Bennett and the daughter’s friend Connie Dent, 11, from Sheffield.
A 31-year-old man from Killamarsh who was found at the scene has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and Derbyshire Police’s chief constable Rachel Swann said he was not known to the force.
Officers were called to the address at 7.26am Sunday due to concerns for the safety of a man in the area, police said.
Four minutes later, when officers arrived at the house in Chandos Crescent, they found the bodies of the victims.
‘Life will never be the same’
Mr Bennet said in an Facebook post: “Absolutely broken my heart into a million pieces. To all my friends and family. I didn’t protect my beautiful babies enough from the monsters and now they have been suddenly taken away from me.
“I’m writing this as I’m lost and broken on a four-hour drive back home having just received heartbreaking news that my beautiful boy John and beautiful daughter Lacey have been taken away from me.
“Their mum Terri also lost her life and Lacey’s best friend was also taken away from the world.
“Life will never be the same. I love you both more than anything. Please look after each other. Gone too soon with so much to live for.
“I wish I could hold you and kiss you and tell you how much I love you. Thank you for making my world. All my love dad. Xxx”