Knife crime victim Lewis Bagshaw’s former teacher is committed to having his memory honoured at local football grounds around South Yorkshire.
Debbie Zeynep Aslan, initially came up with the idea of a minutes applause from local football teams in his memory.
She said: “Lewis was 21, he died on the 21st, so it would be good to have a minutes applause at the 21st minute.”
Debbie also said the children she currently teaches because of Lewis, have said they want to give Lewis a Christmas present from Rotherham United with a minutes applause in December.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United’s response to honour Lewis looks encouraging.
Senior communications officer, Kevin Cookson, said: “We were saddened to hear about the news of Lewis.
“Minutes of applause are usually organised by fans, but with the support of the immediate family we would be happy to back.”
Debbie said she would be contacting other teams such as Barnsley F.C to hopefully get this arranged with the family’s support.
Lewis, 21, was found critically injured on Piper Crescent in the Southey area of Sheffield on 21 July.
Suffering stab wounds to his chest, he was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries a short time later.
Four people have been charged with his murder.
Debbie remembers Lewis fondly.
“It was very clear to me from day one that Lewis was very different.” she said.
“Lewis was so funny, he absolutely adored his Nan and loved playing tricks and joking about with her.
“He had such an infectious laugh and he just generated so much love and affection for her, it was overwhelming to see it.”
Remembering him as a shy and quiet child, she said: “He was very quiet and anxious around groups and he didn’t come to school.
She said he had inspired her to create an education programme that continues to benefit children.
“I set up a school-home-education-plan (SHEP) and I went to him.
“His success in it lead to lots more children receiving it,
“I quit my job to pursue this kind of re engagement work. I often told Lewis, after he left school what a difference he had made to other young people.”
Reiterating what she said at Lewis’ funeral, Debbie said she wanted the next generation to grow up in a safer place: “I don’t need to tell you that his death makes no sense at all, and the only way we can try and make sense of it is to make sure his death means something.”