Wednesday 4pm: The family of murdered Kevin Lee today (12 February) paid tribute to the ‘much loved’ Peterborough dad of two.
Darren Cray, Kevin’s wife Cristina Lee’s brother-in-law gave a statement on behalf of the Lee family outside Cambridge Crown Court,
Mr Cray said: “This has been an incomprehensibly difficult time for all the family as we try and come to terms with what has happened to Kevin.
“Nothing is the same now. This tragedy has shaken our lives to the core and we are devastated about how Kevin’s life came to an end.
“Cristina married Kevin in 1996; they happily raised their daughter Chiara and their son Dino.
“Kevin was Cristina’s first relationship; she is devastated that Kevin has been taken away from us as a family. Initially, after discovering the circumstances of Kevin’s death she felt a lot of anger but she is slowly managing to deal with that.
“As a family we feel an immense pressure to fill so many voids which no one could ever really replace. Kevin was so full of life, excitement and laughter that life now is very dull without him around.
“He was headstrong, intelligent, unique and his charisma ensured everyone he ever met would never forget him, a true one off.
“We live everyday with the devastating effect this has had on our family. Cristina, Chiara and Dino are now in a very different place, they struggle everyday to deal with our loss and everyday we all try and pick up the pieces.
“Dino has lost not only his Dad, but his best friend, his karting mechanic and his most enthusiastic and encouraging mentor.
“Dino and Chiara have in essence lost both parents because Cristina hasn’t been able to deal with her own grief, almost 12 months on and she is still not coming to terms with the loss of Kevin.
The family of John Chapman also spoke of their thanks to the detectives who investigated the death.
In a statement released today, they said: “The family would like to thank Cambridgeshire police, in particular DCI Martin Brunning and his team for their resolve, dedication and long hours of hard work in bringing this sad case to a close.
“We would also like to pass on our thoughts to all the families concerned and would like now to be left alone and appreciate the privacy afforded to us by the media.”