The family of Jay Fathers have released a touching and emotional tribute following his tragic passing.

Jay, who was 18, died on New Year’s Day this year when he stabbed multiple times by 21-year-old Callum Aylett, before he attacked another person, a 49-year-old man.

Despite the best efforts of his friends and the paramedics, Jay succumbed to his injuries when arriving at Milton Keynes University Hospital in the early hours of January 1.

And after being found guilty by unanimous jury verdict in a trial at Luton Crown Court that concluded on August 17, Aylett was sentenced to life imprisonment on October 11 at the same court.

Jay Fathers

Jay Fathers

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This will mean he will be 49-years-old before he is eligible for parole.

Following the sentencing, Jay’s family said: “Jay was a cheeky, happy, loyal and very funny young man.

“He had the kindest of hearts and always thought of others before himself.

“Jay loved his football, going to festivals, travelling, and most importantly, he loved spending time with his family.

Jay Fathers was killed on January 1

Jay Fathers was killed on January 1

“Jay was the most caring and loving son, brother and uncle that anyone could ever wish for.

“He showed us that night how brave and loyal he truly was by standing up to a coward who was bullying and intimidating and humiliating Jay and his friends.

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“The first words said to Jay when he was born were that he was a little solider, and my God, he has lived up to that.

“Jay is our brave little solider, and we are so grateful to have raised such a beautiful, brave young man.

Jay was one of two people who were attacked on New Years Day 2021

Jay was one of two people who were attacked on New Year's Day 2021

“We all share so many precious memories with our loving boy that we will hold close to our hearts forever.

“Jay’s name and his bravery will never be forgotten.

“We love you so very much, our sweet boy.

“Keep on shining up there, our beautiful angel.”