Funeral held for murdered Sheffield father Jarvin Blake

A funeral was held this morning for 22 year-old Jarvin Blake who was fatally stabbed last month.

Over 100 people attended the service at the City Road Cemetery, where Mr Blake’s coffin was adorned with a Jamaican flag and a floral tribute reading “Dad”.

The stabbing occurred at around 3.20pm on 8 March. Mr Blake and a friend were walking along Brackley Street, Burngreave, when a gang of men emerged from a metallic blue Volvo on nearby Catherine Street.

The gang chased then stabbed the pair in what police believe was a “targeted attack”.

Mr Blake later died in hospital from his injuries. His friend, 23, was discharged from hospital a week later.

Mr Blake leaves behind three children, aged between seven months and five years. He was set to marry his long-term partner and the mother of his children, Kelsey Dixon.

Speaking to the BBC, Miss Dixon said: “My heart has completely broken and my life will never be the same again – I just want someone to tell me that all this has been a bad dream.

“I need justice for Jarvin, I need to know who did this and why.”

Mr. Blake was described at the service as having a “heart of gold” and as someone who was always willing to help others.

On March 11 police officers carried out a series of raids and arrested two men – aged 24 and 25, from Pitsmoor and Southey respectively – on suspicion of murder and wounding. The younger man was also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

A third man, aged 26 from Southey Green, was arrested on the night of March 13 on suspicion of murder but was bailed the next day.

A fourth arrest has been made in connection with the attack, but no charges have been issued as of yet.

Anyone with information about the murder should call the major incident team on 01709 443528 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.