Ten months ago footballer Jordan Sinnott was killed was with a single punch on a night out - now he has become a dad.
The 25-year-old's fiancee Kelly Bossons had no idea she was pregnant when he crossed paths with the jealous thugs who killed him.
It was only after his funeral that she discovered she was three weeks pregnant with their daughter Maisie, the Mirror reports.
Kelly, 27, wept: “Everyone says how much Maisie looks like Jordan. She has his hairline and face shape.
“My heart breaks when I think how much he would have loved her. We have all been cheated of so much.
“He loved his family, my family and wanted nothing more than to create our own.
“Now, thanks to two thugs’ brutal jealousy, I am left without the love of my life and Maisie will never know her lovely, funny, kind daddy.”
Jordan was punched after a misunderstanding about a joke in a pub in Retford, Notts on January 25.
Lout Kai Denovan, 23, told him he was a “good-looking lad” who would have “no trouble pulling girls”, unlike himself who was “fat and ginger”.
Believing he was joining in the banter, Jordan said, “Yes, I can see that”.
Denovan, who had drunk five pints of Stella, two pints of Strongbow and three double Southern Comfort and lemonades, punched him.
Jordan and his pals left the pub but Denovan and Cameron Matthews, 21, hit him despite his willingness to apologise.
Matthews floored the footballer, leaving him with a fractured skull and he died of brain damage hours later.
Jordan, son of ex Bradford and Crystal Palace ace Lee Sinnott, played in midfield for Northern Premier side Matlock Town after being a pro for Huddersfield Town and Halifax.
Kelly met him through mutual friends in 2016 and they began a relationship a year later.
She said: “Jordan was so modest, he never told me he was a footballer. It wasn’t until a club rang him and I was there that he told me.”
A year before he died, they bought their first home together.
She said: “We planned our future and life was perfect.
“I was out with Jordan the night he died but I came home early, leaving him with my brother Ben, and his friend Adam Tolson.
“Jordan wasn’t a big drinker but loved life. Typically, he’d got the pub singing with him as he did karaoke and he’d only had a couple of pints.
“The next time I saw my handsome man was when I arrived at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital to see him unconscious with a bloodied face.”
Denovan was jailed for 11 years for manslaughter after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court. Matthews, 21, who admitted manslaughter, got eight years.
In hospital, doctors told Kelly they had known no one survive such serious injuries and Jordan was put in a coma.
Kelly is proud to reveal the semi-pro footballer’s death saved others’ lives because he was an organ donor.
Bradford-born Jordan had registered three times on the organ donor list, doing it each time he moved home.
Kelly and his mum Melanie held his hands and told him how much they loved him while recipients were found and surgery prepared.
Kelly recalled: “Jordan looked so peaceful in bed. I couldn’t believe what was happening. As we accompanied him to the theatre, nurses and porters formed a silent guard of honour and bowed their heads in tribute to Jordan’s one last selfless act.
“I kissed Jordan gently and said my final goodbye to the love of my life.”
Unbeknown to Kelly, a few weeks before he was killed, Jordan had told his mum he was going to propose to her, while Kelly’s dad Trevor cried with joy when Jordan asked for permission to wed his only daughter.
Kelly, a sales manager, said: “Jordan was so good with kids, playing football with them. Everyone loved him.
“We both wanted our own family so I came off the pill in November and did a pregnancy test just before Christmas as I did not want to be drinking if I was. It came back negative.”
In the weeks following the killing, Kelly and Melanie both suffered bouts of sickness with the stress.
Kelly said: “I had no other symptoms but a week after the funeral in March, I thought I’d check if I was pregnant as there was a small chance I could have been.
"I had mixed feelings. If it was negative, that would be another loss. If it was positive, I’d feel so sad.”
After two tests and Kelly’s mum Sue double checking the results, it dawned on grieving Kelly that she was carrying Jordan’s child.
“I was shocked, happy but upset. I quickly booked a scan and they showed I was about 14 weeks pregnant.
“I must have fallen pregnant over Christmas.”
Due to Covid, Kelly had to attend her scans alone and when she entered the maternity unit, the staff asked where her partner was.
“I brought mum with me for the birth. I was convinced I was having a boy but Jordan wanted a daughter.
“At 7.53am on September 27, 6lb 11oz Maisie Jordan – middle name in her dad’s honour – entered the world. I gazed at her with love but was devastated Jordan was not here to hold his baby.
“Our miracle daughter was Jordan’s gift to me.
“He had given life to so many others in death, I think he thought he had to send Maisie to me and our families so we all have a reason to carry on.
“Jordan lives on in her. I will make sure she knows all about her brave, lovely daddy.
“One day, I’d like her to meet the recipients of his organs and to know her daddy’s big, loving heart lives on.
“Jordan was a man who loved life. He should be here with us today but due to two killers’ vanity and aggression, we are left bereft. We will never get over our loss.
“But I will do my best for our daughter. Jordan would want me to. She is his loving legacy to me and the world.”
Kelly and Melanie face a bill of thousands of pounds to register Maisie as Jordan’s girl.
Because Kelly and Jordan were not married and he died before the birth, she, the tot and her son Tom have to have DNA tests to prove Jordan’s paternity.
A family court judge will decide if the footballer can be legally named as the baby’s father.
Kelly said: “I’m so upset. The law is old fashioned and needs to change. Because we were not married, we now have to go through this.”
Kelly and Melanie are asking people to support this petition to change the law.