SCOTLAND – This is the first picture of the five-year-old (Zimbabwean) boy found dead with ‘sickening and violent’ injuries.
Scott Chirashi’s body was discovered by police on Friday at his home in Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland having suffered “a significant injury”.
Mum Farai, 32, will appear in court on Monday in connection with his death.
Scott’s sister was also found in the house in the town’s Carnaughton Place, the Daily Record reports.
All day yesterday a stream of neighbours left flowers and soft toys outside the house in tribute to the tragic youngster.
Farai, originally from Zimbabwe, had lived in Alva for several years.
She moved to Carnaughton Place around six months ago with her family, including Scott’s father, named locally as Tichakunda.
Devastated neighbour Chigozie Ononiwu, a Nigerian IT worker, said Scott was in the same class as his son at Alva Primary School.
He added: “I cried when I heard what had happened to Scott. He was a lovely little boy and was due to come over to our house this weekend.
“My own son is very upset. This is a very difficult thing to have to explain to him.”
One local mother, who asked not to be named, left several lit several candles at a makeshift shrine outside the house.
She said: “Scott was in my son’s class. He was very popular and had a great personality.
“Everyone liked him. He had such a lovely smile. It is heartbreaking.”
Postman David Gibson said Scott used to wave to him when he was delivering the mail.
He added: “The family only moved in a few months ago. I didn’t really know them but this is shocking nevertheless.
“Everyone tells me they were such a nice family.”
One teddy bear tribute left yesterday held a note with the words: “Dear God, Why???”
Flowers left by Alva Bowling Club had the message: “Sleep well, little one.”
The Chirashi family were all members at Alva Baptist Church.
A friend of Farai’s from university said she was shocked to hear of Scott’s death. She said: “Farai loved her children so much.
“There was a group of four of us from Zimbabwe who became close at Stirling University. We met in 2006 and she was doing a general nursing degree.
“She had to graduate at a different time from the rest of us because she had problems with childcare as her husband was working in Glasgow.
“Her family was from Harare and after her dad died she looked after her mum for a while.
“When her sister died in 2008, she tried to adopt her sister’s daughter. She loved her children.
“She had lived in Botswana for a while with her husband before coming to Scotland.
“During university she was in my house just about every day because she lived in Alva and I was closer to campus.
“I know she loved that boy so much, I can’t believe it.”
Yesterday afternoon a team of forensic officers combed the house for clues to Scott’s death.
Emergency services had raced to the house at 8.50am on Friday. Scott was declared dead at the scene.
Police have revealed that the youngster had a “significant injury “ to his body. Mirror.co.uk