Whole community affected by loss of Blake and Tristan

Date published: 12 November 2019 16:21
Dated: 12 November 2019 16:20:10

Following the sentencing of Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin for the murders of Blake and Tristan Barrass, the boys' family friend Matthew Saunders read the following statement outside court on behalf of all of their loved ones.

Matthew said: "Blake and Tristan were two beautiful, confident, and outgoing boys, who both had a bright future ahead of them. They had so many friends and brightened up any room they were in, especially Tristan who loved to dye his hair bright colours.

"Daily life will never be the same. The boys have left behind younger siblings whose lives have been turned upside down. They adored their older brothers, and looked up to them. The boys have also left behind close family friends and younger children who looked up to them, and saw them on a regular basis. This tragedy hasn’t just affected those close but the whole community too.

"A piece of all our hearts died on 24 May 2019, which we will never get back. Blake and Tristan leave a huge empty void in our lives, and we did not get chance to say goodbye.

"We are relieved justice has been served, but it should never have come to this.

Blake and Tristan Barrass

Blake and Tristan Barrass

"We would like to thank the emergency services who attended on 24 May 2019 and did everything they possibly could to save Blake and Tristan. We cannot thank you enough. We would also like to thank Family Liaison Officer DC Little for all her help and support over the last six months and for making it that little bit easier when we were struggling.

"We cannot put into words the pain and emptiness we feel, but seek some comfort knowing Blake and Tristan will always be remembered, and how loved both boys were. Thank you."

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