Keith Soons' partner to lay plaque at murder spot
EVERY night, young Tilly Soons kisses a picture of her dad goodnight.
The two-year-old will never get to know her father Keith, after he was killed and taken away from her.
Yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of his murder, in Wellington Lane, Cheltenham.
Killers Ricky Smith and Michael Sexton, who stabbed him with a screwdriver and left him for dead, were jailed for a total of 53 years.
Tilly was just eight months old when her father died.
Her mother Sam Ramsey yesterday said that the youngster, who is now almost three, knows who her daddy was.
Sam added: "Tilly is too young to understand anything yet but she will know everything eventually.
"I'm not sure how I am going to tell her yet.
"But she knows who her daddy was.
"There is a picture of Keith in her bedroom and I tell her every night to kiss him goodnight."
Sam is heading down to the spot where Keith died on Saturday with Tilly and some close friends.
They will be releasing Chinese lanterns as well as marking the spot with a specially-made plaque.
"On Keith's gravestone, there is no mention of Tilly," said Sam. "We are taking down a plaque with Tilly's hand print on it, which we want to leave at the spot.
"I expect we will be there all day, just remembering Keith.
"A woman who lives nearby has planted a rosebush there as well. She had asked me after Keith died what his favourite flowers were and, when I told her roses, she planted the bush.
"It will be nice to see how they have grown."
Since Keith's death, Sam has also ploughed her time into a new business venture, which she admitted has helped her to move on with her life.
With colleague Robin Ritchie, she has launched the Tewkesbury Mustard Company.
The firm makes the town's famous mustard using ancient traditional methods.
Sam said: "It has helped me in lots of ways by giving me something to focus on. I think everything happens for a good reason. It is about time something good happened."