Heartbreaking photo shows toddler help bury late father: 'Let that feeling sink in'
A photograph of a 17-month-old British toddler pouring dirt on his father's grave has gone viral for the message it's sending about knife crime.
On September 18, Jordan Kissack took to Facebook to share an image of Carter Bagshaw shoveling dirt onto the site where his father Lewis Bagshaw was buried. Lewis, 21, was stabbed to death in Southey, Sheffield, in July, according to BBC.
"Just a little advice for people that carry/use knives and guns. STOP!" Kissack wrote. "Today we laid to rest yet another one of my friends today who should still be here but some coward took his life with a knife. Whilst at the funeral reception we played video clips of memories & pictures of my dear childhood friend Lewis Bagshaw whilst these were playing his son Carter started shouting 'DADDY' at the pictures....."
Two men, one of whom was as young as 16 years old, have since been charged in Lewis's murder.
"Let that feeling sink in if it you was taken from your loving girlfriend and son and friends and family imagine the pain they are all going through because somebody took your life that shouldn’t have been taken," Kissack continued in his post. "THINK before using a knife or anything infact to take somebodies life."
Kissack also shared other photos, including one of Lewis carrying his son and another of Carter peeking out of a car.
"A moment in anger causes a lifetime of pain for others," Kissack concluded. "RIP my dear friend & your legacy will live on for carter to remember every detail about you."
Since Kissack posted the photos, they have been shared over 500 times and received over 50 comments.
"Too many ppl using knives nowadays," one person wrote. "Lovely words hunni. Nice that his son has you and others to rely although he shouldn't have to rely on anyone but his dad. Wish ppl with knives would just think twice."
"I feel the pain!" another commented. "God bless him and everyone who knows him."
In a separate interview with BBC, Carter's mother Olivia Keeley said she just hopes the photo "stops just one person from picking up a knife or a gun."
"Life is just completely the total opposite to how it was, it's really empty and lonely, and there is a lot of sadness as well," she said.