‘I cried in Tesco during festive song – my boy was knifed to death before Xmas’

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Amy Morgan was strolling along the aisle in Tesco when a jubilant Christmas song started playing through the speakers.

Suddenly she was shaking uncontrollably as tears stung her tired eyes.

All around her excited festive shoppers continued plonking groceries in baskets, unaware of the unimaginable heartbreak Amy was suffering.

Her precious son, Tyler Thompson, had recently been killed aged 16 and his body remained in the mortuary.

“I will never forget that moment,” Amy told the Daily Star. "I was in the aisle and I couldn’t actually move and I couldn’t even speak because I was crying so much.

“This year I don’t even want to be home for Christmas because it doesn’t go away because my Tyler was in the mortuary over December. It is impossible to move on from that.”

Next week will mark the sixth anniversary of Tyler's tragic death.

The teenage boy's life cruelly ended after being stabbed in the chest following a brawl on Freeman Road in Leicester.

And just last week, another youngster, Kieron Moore, 20, was fatally stabbed in the city.

Amy, 45, said: “Hearing another person was stabbed to death in the area was absolutely heartbreaking. Sadly there have been a few in Leicester recently.

“It is definitely a trigger and I know exactly what the family is going through and it is horrendous.

“I have reached out to Kieron’s family and my door is open to them if they ever need my support.”

Her own son’s killer, Pravdit Sian, was convicted of manslaughter in August 2016 and was sentenced to nine years in jail.

But he walked free in May of last year and Amy found out after seeing a Snapchat video where he boasted about his release.

Amy now says the past 12 months have been particularly challenging knowing the man responsible for her son’s death has his freedom back.

She said: “It is really hard knowing he is possibly around. You are always looking twice thinking ‘is that him’ and it makes me angry.

“I think ‘how dare you come out and live the rest of your life while we are left in gut wrenching pain'.”

Despite it being six years, Tyler’s memory continues to live on.

Just a few days ago one of his former science teachers reached out to Amy to say he was inspired to set up a charity because of his experiences with Tyler.

Amy said: “It is so lovely to get a message like that years after his death because it means he is not forgotten and his legacy is still ongoing. This teacher told me he doesn’t remember many students but he will never forget Tyler.”

And paying tribute to her boy, Amy added: “He was a very ambitious young man and everyone remembers him for his smile and his cheekiness.

“He used to put on a fake American accent and he was just so so funny and a really lovely lad.”

Amy said being a mum to her other children keeps her going along with her work in anti-crime initiatives.

Recently she met with the new Crime Commissioner for Leicester Rupert Matthews to help raise awareness about knife crime.

She is now focused on trying to get through November and December – two of her most difficult times of the year.

Amy said: ‘I just can’t believe it has been six years. This time of year is so difficult for me because you constantly question 'what if what if'.

“I picture myself outside the hospital again and hearing the sirens driving past. It plays out like a video.

“Tyler’s death has changed everything. My daughter’s birthday is two days before his murder and nothing will ever be the same for us.

“Even the smell of the cold crisp night is really awful for me.

“Thankfully my kids and being there for them keeps me strong. I won’t let Tyler be forgotten.”

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