A GIRL seriously injured in a stabbing has paid tribute to her four-year-old brother who was killed in the attack.
Donna Hawkins, 14, was rushed to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with 23 stab wounds last Sunday.
She is now recovering having undergone surgery.
Her little brother Ryan died following the attack at a house at Royd Street.
Their 47-year-old father, Chris Hawkins, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. He appeared before Huddersfield magistrates on Wednesday and was remanded in custody.
Yesterday, Donna left a message of condolence on the website Gone Too Soon.
Originally sent in the style of a text message, it said: “I am so sorry that you came out of it worse than me, baby. If I could change things I would do. I’m on the mend and I hope you get looked after up there. I love you.”
Ryan’s sister Natalie also left a message on the site.
She wrote: “Rest in peace, little man. You and your cheeky smile will never be forgotten. You’re safe now with grandad and nanna.
“No-one can hurt you now. I love you always and forever.”
Natalie also added a message to Donna.
She wrote: “It will be fine, you’re on the mend now.”
Ryan’s mother Valerie also left a message on the website yesterday afternoon.
She said: “I love you very, very much. I will treasure the happy times with you forever.
“Donna is doing really well and she will make sure we get justice. I love you, Ryan, with all my heart. Night night, sweetheart.”
A visitor describing herself as Christine from Playgroup also paid tribute to the four-year-old.
She wrote: “Ryan was an absolute darling. He was loved by all at play group, both children and adults. His enthusiasm for everything was contagious. He was a ray of sunshine for us every day with his gorgeous smiley face.
“We were heartbroken saying goodbye to him when he left for school at the end of July, but we are truly devastated to think it was such a final farewell. Our hearts go out to the family and we pray for Donna’s speedy recovery.”
The site, set up by Examiner columnist Terry George, now has more than 300 messages of condolence and more than 600 shorter notes of sympathy for Ryan.
People from as far afield as Australia, Canada and Pakistan have left messages of condolence. Ryan’s tribute page has been viewed more than 6,000 times.
For more information visit http://ryan-hawkins.gonetoosoon.co.uk
Meanwhile, people signed a book of condolence for Ryan at St James’ Parish Church in the centre of Slaithwaite.
The book was open from 11.30am to 7pm yesterday.
The Rev Robin Townsend said: “I think it gave people the chance to express their emotions, their togetherness and their love for the child who was killed.
“Slaithwaite is a very close, caring community and the killing has had a profound effect on people. It’s something on everyone’s lips.”
Joan Robinson of Meltham was among those signing the book yesterday afternoon.
The 77-year-old said: “I was terribly upset to hear of the killing. It was a shock to the area.”
Joan, who has worshipped at St James’ for more than 20 years, added: “All we can do in the church is try to support the family and provide some comfort.”
Church warden Raymond Denton, 64, from Marsden, also signed the book of condolence.
He spoke of his shock at Ryan’s killing.
Raymond said: “At first I couldn’t understand how something like this could happen in a quiet village like Slaithwaite. I still think to myself ‘why did this happen?’”