Funeral of Stourbridge stabbing victims to take place

13-year-old Pierce (left) will be laid to rest alongside his Mum, Tracey.

The funeral of Tracey Wilkinson and her 13-year-old son Pierce who were stabbed to death at their Stourbridge home is to take place next week.

Almost ten weeks after the horrific attack in Norton - the funeral of Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson will take place at St Mary's Church, Oldswinford, on Wednesday June 7 at 11am.

Heartbroken family members say the service for "kind-hearted" Tracey, aged 50, and "bright" teenager Pierce, who was a pupil at Redhill School, will provide closure to what has been an unimaginably sad few weeks. Speaking to the Stourbridge News, the couples devastated daughter, Lydia, said:

"It will give everyone chance to say goodbye. They're at peace now."

Her Dad, Peter, is struggling to come to terms with the distressing loss of his wife and young son and is still recovering from injuries sustained during the appalling attack at the family's Greyhound Lane home on March 30, which also left him in a critical condition.

He suffered facial wounds, a broken jaw, punctured lungs and a punctured bowel and he said: "I was saved on the operating table. Lydia was told my chances were 50/50.

The 47-year-old company director told how the support of people in the community had been helping the family through - describing it as "phenomenal" and adding: "It's kept us going."

Brave Peter and Lydia hope to move back into their renovated detached period property which Peter said had been "a labour of love" for the last eight years - although he admits it won't be easy and he said: "We got the keys back three weeks ago and it was very emotional coming back."

Father Desmond Devenney, from Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church in Stourbridge, will say prayers at a joint service for Tracey and Pierce which will be taken by Rev Stephen Agnew, vicar of St Mary's. Kidderminster Male Voice Choir has also been asked to officiate at the service and a spokesperson said:

"Although none of the family was known to us beforehand, we all feel in some way touched by the circumstances. I know every member of the choir is eager to offer whatever they can to the Wilkinson family."

Peter, a director for Asset International in Bilston - a subsidiary of Hill & Smith Holdings, told how the day his life changed forever had been "just a normal Thursday morning" until he returned from walking the dog to scenes of horror. 

Lydia had been due to break-up for Easter the very next day - just a few days after she had surprised her mum and brother with an impromptu visit home on Mother's Day on the weekend before the attack. Peter said Tracey was absolutely elated and over the moon, as was Pierce.

23-year-old Aaron Barley, of no fixed address, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. At Birmingham Crown Court on May 3, he admitted attempting to kill Peter Wilkinson but has yet to enter a plea regarding the deaths of Tracey and Pierce. He is next due to appear in court on July 19.

Those wishing to attend the funeral for Tracey and Pierce need not wear black but are asked to be seated in church by 10.45am.

Family flowers only have been requested and the service will be followed by a private committal. Donations for the Hall Green Retired Greyhound Trust, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Midlands Air Ambulance can be made c/o Farmer & Son Funeral Directors in Wordsley High Street.


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