Family beg people to stop sharing images of murdered boy, 15, in coffin on Snapchat

A Facebook post by the family pleaded with people to check their children’s phones for a disturbing image of Loui Phillips, calling the new heartache ‘tormenting’

Children have been sharing photographs of a murdered teenager in his coffin through social media, it has been claimed.

Loui Phillips, 15, was stabbed to death by a 17-year-old in August 2021 as he rode his bike in Monk Bretton, South Yorks.

The young Barnsley fan was stabbed with such force the handle of the knife broke, leaving the blade stuck in his chest.

He was rushed to hospital but died four days later.

In December 2021 Loui’s killer, Kyle Pickles, was handed a life imprisonment.

But in a fresh heartache for the devastated family, local youngsters are said to have an image of tragic Loui in his coffin which they are sharing via Snapchat and WhatsApp.

Yorkshire Live reported that a post on Facebook, which has been shared over 300 times, said: “Can Cudworth/Monk Breton/Shafton (every parent local) please check their children’s phones.

“They are passing a disturbing photo around of our Loui in his coffin. Our hearts hurt everyday but this is tormenting.”

Kyle Pickles initially pleaded not guilty to murder before changing his plea


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The post caused shock and outrage among those who saw the post as one wrote: “What is wrong with folk? It’s disgusting.”

Another posted: “Who would take a photo like that let alone share it with others?”

It is believed South Yorkshire Police have been made aware of the latest development.

Pickles, from Barnsley, initially pleaded not guilty to murder before changing his plea.

A court heard he approached Loui, who he had not met before, and stabbed him over a “perceived relationship”.

Det Ch Insp Mark Oughton, who led the investigation, said at the time: “This is an incredibly tragic case where an innocent young boy was stabbed to death, simply because his attacker was jealous of a perceived relationship.

“Pickles located Loui and his friend… and purposely set out armed with a kitchen knife to go and stab him,” he added.

Speaking after the sentencing Loui’s mother, Louise Hartley, said: “I miss Loui constantly. I miss the small moments like him wandering into the room to sit with me or ringing me to say he will be home soon when out with friends.

“Loui had the world at his feet. He was young, good looking, and opportunities seemed to be opening up for him. He loved football and was excelling on the pitch. He had also recently started catering college.

“He was a very sociable boy and was quite the charmer with the girls. He never left the house without making sure that his hair was perfectly styled.

“It was Loui’s 16th birthday on 4 November, and I spent it by his graveside. I can no longer smile. I feel physically incapable of happiness. I would feel guilty to do so knowing that my Loui is not able to.

“I want my son here with me – I love him so much.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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