‘Re­mem­ber Lee for his beau­ti­ful life’

Fa­ther’s trib­ute to stab­bing vic­tim

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE fam­ily of the 26-year-old who was stabbed to death in High Wy­combe have paid trib­ute to their ‘lov­ing’ son.

Lee Gillespie, 26, of High Wy­combe, was stabbed out­side All Saints Church in Church Square, High Wy­combe, at about 8.50pm on Satur­day, Au­gust 22.

His heart­bro­ken fa­ther Jimmy Gillespie has paid trib­ute to his son.

He said: “Lee’s fam­ily and I would like to thank the Wy­combe com­mu­nity for their sup­port through­out this dif­fi­cult time in our lives. I think it’s fair to say that Lee was a bet­ter man than me. He was a kind, car­ing, lov­ing, un­der­stand­ing and very help­ful man. Lee was mar­ried with two young chil­dren. My son and I shared a strong bond and we loved be­ing to­gether. He did not de­serve to die the way he did, which was so bru­tal.

“Yes I am an­gry and full of rage like any other fa­ther would be. I don’t want my son’s death to be in vain. I want Lee to be re­mem­bered for his beau­ti­ful life not how it was trag­i­cally ended.

“I would like to thank the public for re­main­ing calm and I would ask that they con­tinue to do so. This is not a time for ru­mours to be spread. If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion please pass onto the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion team so they can con­tinue to do their work. The public sup­port that my fam­ily and I have been shown is over­whelm­ing and I would like to thank them for that. A site called SOSAD, which means save our sons and daugh­ters, will be set up to be an or­gan­i­sa­tion to cam­paign against knife crime.”

Po­lice charged three peo­ple with the mur­der of Mr Gillespie.

Martin Stanis­laus, aged 37, of Delta Grove, Northolt, Eal­ing, has been charged with one count of mur­der.

Leigh Burns, 37, of Will­cott Road, Eal­ing, and Jodie Wil­lis, 36, of The Mead, Bea­cons­field, have been charged with one count of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der.

A 30-year-old man from Bea­cons­field was also ar­rested for con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der but was re­leased on po­lice bail un­til Septem­ber 24 pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries.

TRAGIC: Fa­ther-of-two Lee Gillespie who was stabbed to death out­side All Saints in High Wy­combe

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