Girlfriend's heartbreaking tribute to 'amazing' dad, 26, killed in Boxing Day attack 6 years after brother died in crash

THE GIRLFRIEND of an “amazing” dad who died in a Boxing Day stabbing six years after his brother was killed in a car crash has paid a heartbreaking tribute.

Dad Coley Byrne, 26, was murdered on Sunday night after a festive celebration at his local pub ended in horror.

His killer remains on the loose.

In a poignant letter placed outside the pub where he was murdered his partner Jess paid tribute, writing: “You and the kids was my life and I will cherish you until it’s my turn and I meet you at those gold gates.”

Beside her note she left flowers and a treasured framed photo of her and Coley together.

His two children penned a heartbreaking message simply saying: “Dad, we love you so much, wish you were here.”

His devastated mum, who lost her younger son in a car crash six years ago, wrote: “Coley, I love you son.”

One tearful pal, who declined to be named, said: “Coley was a good lad, it’s so sad.

“His mum has lost two kids now. His brother died in a car crash several years ago. 

“Coley was devastated and never got over losing his kid brother. He had a huge tattoo of his car with alloy wheels inked on his arm in his memory.

“At least he’ll be reunited with his bro now. They were so close and only a year apart in age."

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Coley’s 19-year-old sibling Bradley was killed in a car crash in Beighton in August 2015.

The tragic teen was driving his beloved black Seat Leon which was involved in a collision with a Renault van.

After his death Coley changed his Facebook name to Coley Ripbrad Byrne.

Police have launched a murder investigation and are appealing for witnesses after Coley was knifed to death. He was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital.

The pub where a brawl erupted at around 10pm on Boxing Day remains cordoned off.

Nicole Sheldon posted: “I literally have no words. Truly heart breaking and devastating. My heart goes out to your family and babies.

“You will be reunited with your Brad now. Taken way too soon."

Ollie Bradbury added: “Rip Coley Ripbrad Byrne, always one to remember, especially that cheeky grin. Everyone gonna miss you bruv, fly high with Brad.”

Rochelle Bethany wrote: "Since we was kids you always been by my side we was a team bro you did anything for me.

"I just want it to be over this bad nightmare we’re in I will forever miss you and I will never ever forget you."

Ash Broughton said: "Waking up this morning to find out you have passed has devastated me, one of the realest men I have had the pleasure of calling my friend.

"Always smiling, always chilling and was always good to see your face. Heaven has gained an amazing man."

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "There have been no arrests yet but enquiries are ongoing. Formal identification has yet to take place."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 845 of 26 December.

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