Fiancee pays tribute to stab victim David Young from Gillingham
They should have been getting
married later this year, but instead, Kirsty Bryant will be
organising her fiance’s funeral.
Heartbroken Kirsty is the partner
of stab victim David Young, and she has spoken out for the first
time to pay tribute to the “devoted” dad-of-two.
David, 28, of Beatty Avenue,
Gillingham, died on January 5 after being stabbed on New Year’s
David was Kirsty’s childhood
sweetheart and the pair had been together since they were 14.
They later moved in together and
had their first child, Aliyah, now eight, and went on to have
Latia, who is now five.
Kirsty, 27, said: “Dave was a great
dad and partner, he lived for his girls and me, he was devoted to
“We’ve not been separated since we
started going out at school and we were going to get married this
year, we got engaged last year.”
Kirsty’s world came tumbling down
after the stabbing, but for the first few days, she was hopeful
David would pull through.
She added: “We thought he was going
to be OK. He opened his eyes and seemed to be responding to us. We
had hope all the way through and he was a fighter but he never woke
His daughters, Kirsty, Dave’s mum
and other family members were all able to say their goodbyes to him
before he died.
Kirsty said: “We spent the last
hour with him and the girls were able to hold his hand, they were
saying to him, ‘Daddy, Daddy, please wake up, Daddy I love you’. It
was heartbreaking, they gave him some bracelets they wanted him to
Kirsty said her daughters are
struggling with their grief but she is determined David will live
on in the girls.
She added: “He was a proud dad and
did everything for me and the girls. to
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