THE sister of Reece Platt-May – the father of Coventry brothers Corey and Casper, aged six and two, killed in February – has released a heart-breaking tribute following her sibling’s death.
Chelsea Platt-May commemorated her brother after he was found dead in a hotel room in Corfu, Greece yesterday (May 17).
West Midlands Police said yesterday his death was not being treated as suspicious and offered condolences to the family after the tragic news.
Chelsea, who had publicly shown solidarity with her brother and expressed grief about the loss of her nephews, offered an insight into their close relationship in a Facebook status.
She said: “Today I found out I lost my brother. But he wasn’t just my brother – he was my friend, my protector, my rush hour buddy, my Rafiki buddy, my partner’s best man.
“He was the man I wanted to walk me down the aisle next year, the man who would help me dig massive holes at the beach, my football buddy, my shoulder to cry on when there was no one else.
“He was the godfather to my children, my early morning sneak into each other’s room to open Christmas presents buddy, my birthday buddy and overall my brother who was always there for me to protect or support me.”
She also revealed her brother had suffered from depression – a condition she also lives with with – and she encouraged all those with mental health issues to seek help in others.
She said: “Depression is a mental illness. It grasps and controls your life in a way you wish it wouldn’t – but sometimes it’s too strong to fight it.
“My brother was strong but he needed help and we tried to help him but it was too strong.
“Please anyone out there – man, woman or child – who is suffering with depression, please seek help. You have one life and it is precious, please treasure it.
“Be with the ones you love and hold them tight. Be willing to talk openly to friends and strangers.
“I open my heart; I am depressed, I suffer from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), I have panic attacks and anxiety attacks.
“I need people to help me as I feel completely lost and numb.
“Good night brother. I hope you got to where you wanted to be which was to support and protect your other boys.
“We will all try to look after your other boys and your wife – my friend – Louise.”
Corey, aged six, and Casper, aged two, were killed after being hit by Robert Brown on February 22 in Longfellow Road, Coventry.
Brown was this month convicted of the brothers’ death. He was nine times over the limit for drug-driving, on cocaine.
Brown, 53, of Attwood Crescent, Wyken, Coventry, also pleaded guilty to driving the while disqualified, having no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence.
Reece and his partner, Louise, following Brown’s controversial nine year sentence, had called for him to receive a life sentence and appealed to the government to introduce tougher sentences for driving offences.