THE family of a South Tyneside murder victim will remember him today at a gathering of his loved ones.
It is one year today since the family of David Charlton had their lives changed forever.
The 25-year-old was on his way home after a night out with his fiancée Kirsty Claughan when he was stabbed to death.
The attack, which happened on December 21 in Stanhope Road, South Shields, shocked the community and left his family heartbroken.
Today, to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy, his family will gather to celebrate his life and pay tribute to the man who they say always had a “positive outlook on life”.
His heartbroken sister, Gemma Charlton, said: “This past year has been a horrific year for all of us.
“There have been birthdays, anniversaries and family events.
“David should have been there.
“He’s going to have a new niece or nephew soon, but he will never meet them and that’s heartbreaking.
“The official date of David’s death is recorded as December 22, but we feel we lost him forever on the night he was stabbed.
“That is why we are marking his anniversary today.”
David, who worked at Nissan, was on his way home after an evening in the Last Orders pub, in Stanley Street, South Shields, when he was attacked.
He was stabbed eight times.
Despite desperate attempts by paramedics to save his life, he was pronounced dead hours later.
Miss Charlton added: “The pain of what happened that night will never leave us, but today is not about mourning the loss of David, it’s about coming together as a family to celebrate his life.
“David was such a positive person, and it’s his positive spirit and outlook on life that he had that has really kept us going as a family.
“David was the kind of person who always loved to make people laugh and make people happy, and that rubbed off on anyone he met.
“He just embraced life, and he would hate to see us upset, so we are not going to dwell on what’s happened.
“Instead, we will instead celebrate his life, what he achieved and share our memories of him.”
n Keith Honeyman, 20, of Alice Street, South Shields, pleaded guilty to murder, and his brother, Jordan, aged 16, also of Alice Street, admitted manslaughter.
Keith Honeyman was jailed for life, with a minimum tariff of 20 years.
His brother was sentenced to six years for manslaughter.