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Friday, 14 September 2018

'One Day We Will Be Reunited': Mother's Tribute To Her Four Children Killed By Petrol Bomb

Image result for Michelle Pearson, 36, (inset, right) only learned her children Demi, 15, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and Lia, three

Four siblings murdered when two men petrol bombed their home as they slept are being laid to rest together today, as their mother remains in the hospital too ill to attend because of her horrific burns. 

Michelle Pearson, 36, only learned her children Demi, 15, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and Lia, three, had been killed when she awoke from a medically-induced coma four months after the sickening attack.

A tribute written by her was read at their funeral today in which she described the children as 'so close', adding: 'They were the twinkle in my eye, now they are angels in the sky. One day we will be reunited together forever.' 

Lia was carried into the church in a Peppa Pig coffin and her played Frozen's Let It Go for the three-year-old, whom they called: 'Our little blue-eyed girl with blonde curls'
Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and Lia, three, (pictured) were murdered as they slept in their beds when the fire ripped through their home
David Worrall, 26
Courtney Brierley, 20, was jailed for 21 years for four counts of manslaughter
From left: Zak Bolland, 23, and David Worrall, 26, were both given four life sentences for murder after a trial in May and must serve a minimum of 40 and 37 years respectively before parole. Bolland's girlfriend Courtney Brierley, 20, was jailed for 21 years for four counts of manslaughter
She described 15-year-old Demi as 'my best friend'. 

The youngsters were trapped in their bedrooms after Zak Bolland and David Worrall hurled Molotov cocktails into their house, with one exploding near the stairs and blocking their only escape route.  

Hundreds of grief-stricken mourners dressed in blue and pink lined the streets in Walkden, Greater Manchester as the procession filed past in horse-drawn carriages in age order, with the oldest sibling Demi in front. 

Demi's music-themed coffin was carried into the service by her teenage classmates while family carried an Avengers coffin for Brandon, My Little Pony for Lacie and Peppa Pig for Lia.

The firefighters who tried to save them formed a guard of honour outside the church as Ariana Grande's cover of 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' played.


The family then played Frozen's Let It Go for Lia, whom they called: 'Our little blue-eyed girl with blonde curls.'

Image result for Michelle Pearson, 36, (inset, right) only learned her children Demi, 15, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and Lia, three

Bolland, 23, and Worrall, 26, were both given four life sentences for murder after a trial in May and must serve a minimum of 40 and 37 years respectively before parole. 

Bolland's girlfriend Courtney Brierley, 20, was jailed for 21 years for four counts of manslaughter.

The trio were caught on CCTV cameras laughing and joking in the run-up to the attack, and Bolland even gloated when police decided to take no further action about an attack on the house two weeks earlier.  

Mrs Pearson escaped with her youngest daughter Lia who died in hospital two days later. Her anguished screams: 'Not the kids! Not my kids!' could be heard around the neighbourhood as flames engulfed the house at 5am last December 11.

She dialled 999, but she was overcome with heat and smoke before completing the call. 

Her family said she had wanted to attend the funeral despite suffering a series of infections that could threaten her life. 

But her mother Sandra Lever said yesterday that due to 'unforeseen medical circumstances' she would now not be able to attend.

The mother-of-six had struggled to grasp four of her children were dead and has been in hospital for the past year.  

The community has struggled to come to terms with the murder of the 'four angels' in December last year and many were unable to contain their emotions as the procession went past Bridgewater Primary School, where Lacie and Brandon were pupils, for a minute's silence held by their friends before ending at St Paul's Church.

Mrs Pearson had made a series of complaints to police and her housing provider Salford Council, asking to be moved because Bollard had been 'terrorising' her family. 

Miss Lever said she blamed the police, and also Salford City Council, who when her daughter asked to be re-housed, was told she was not in danger and to 'go back home.' 

She said: 'They all knew about it and they all done nothing about it. They dropped the charges, I don't know why.'

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