Tyler Thompson was stabbed twice through the heart by a 19-year-old man who was sentenced to just nine years in prison. Tyler's mother is now an active advocate against knife violence.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on October 10, 2019. It has since been updated.
The Thompson family from Leicester, United Kingdom, have been dealing with a devastating loss over the past few years after a beloved son of the family was ruthlessly knifed to death. Amy Morgan, the mother of Tyler Thompson, who was only 16 when he was killed, has been spreading the message of anti-violence through the neighborhood. She recently shared an image on her social media and the image brought back the feelings of grief the family must have gone through almost four years ago when the incident happened.
Tyler was knifed to death in 2015 by 19-year-old Pravadit Sian, who had been let off with just a warning for carrying a knife only 14 months before he killed Tyler, who was stabbed twice straight through the heart in front of his older brother Kyle. The 16-year-old died in the hospital due to stab wounds, according to the Sun. Pravadit got a nine-year sentence for the manslaughter of Tyler.
In the heartbreaking photo Amy posted, Kyle Thompson, 23, can be seen comforting his sister Olivia Thompson, 7, at the grave of their brother Tyler. The photo shared by the mother, who calls herself an anti-knife crime campaigner, was captioned: "How is this ok.... older brother consoling his little sister at her brothers grave after he was fatally stabbed.....this is so wrong."
How is this ok.... older brother consoling his little sister at her brothers grave after he was fatally stabbed.....this is so wrong 😖😓🥺 pic.twitter.com/VK1x4rxVvq— amy 💙 (@amy_morgan37) September 24, 2019
Holding Olivia close to him, Kyle comforted his younger sister that their brother was in a safe place now even as she broke down at his grave.
Their mother has been relentlessly campaigning for stricter sentencing for knife-related crimes and supports Leicestershire Police's Lives Not Knives Campaign. She has kept a brave face on and continues to fight for better safety laws.
In an older Facebook post, she wrote: "It’s an awful feeling when your wanting something you’ll never have again.... I love all my kids unconditionally but that one heart will never be there again...."
"Every day, driving my kids to school, I have to go past the place where my son lost his life at the hands of someone I passionately believe should have been in prison instead of walking the streets. Tyler's killer stabbed my son twice, straight through the heart and he got nine years for that. His death has totally destroyed my family. I had an eight-week-old baby at the time he died, along with Tyler's other young siblings. How do you explain to them that their brother isn't coming back? It doesn't seem real. It still hasn't sunk in and it has almost been four years," Amy told the Sun.
In an older video, shared by the Leicester police in 2016, Amy said, "It was absolutely traumatizing to get that news and then later to bury your own child." Even a year later, the grief is palpable on the face of the mother-of-eight. Her youngest child, Ethan, was only eight weeks old when the teenager died and the mother breaks down every time his siblings ask him where he is, according to Daily Mail. The grieving mother still has his school trouser, school work and football as a reminder of the tragic loss. She described her late son as a "lovely lad" and said that she still finds it hard to cope with his death.
May Tyler's soul rest in peace.