“He was a child who would share all his toys and sweets - even if it meant he had none for himself. He just wanted to be loved.”
These are the heartbreaking words from the father of a Preston schoolboy killed along with his mother in a flat fire, which police believe was started deliberately.
Moksha Jai Joshi, four, known to all as Jai, a pupil at Howick CE Primary School in Penwortham, near Preston, was killed along with his mother Janma Joshi, 40, in the blaze which swept through a two-bedroom property on Merseyside last Thursday.
Police say the fire was deliberate but have no evidence of third party involvement.
School children and teachers at the small and close-knit school are devastated by news of the youngster’s death and a specialist team from Lancashire County Council is helping them cope with the tragedy.
Deborah Bramley, headteacher at Howick CE Primary, said: “We are all in shock at the news of Jai’s death and extremely upset.
“Jai started in our reception class in September and during that time he had become a very well loved member of our close-knit school community.
“He was a completely endearing little boy with a big smile and the older children all tended to look after him because he was quite small.
“He was very happy in school. We will miss him enormously.
“We know this will be upsetting for all our pupils, especially Jai’s very young classmates and the county council’s specialist team will be helping us look after them all.”
The Patel family, the family of Jai’s dad have said in a statement: “Jai was a very kind, considerate and polite young boy aged four and a half who just wanted to be loved.
“He thoroughly loved playing with his brother and sister and proudly painted pictures for his dad whom he loved immensely.
“Jai loved the zoo and was intrigued by all the different animals and their movements.
“Jai was quietly spoken but had an infectious smile which would brighten up your day.
“Jai was respectful to all his elders and enjoyed speaking about subjects beyond his years.
“Jai thoroughly enjoyed his times in both nursery and primary School and had many friends whom he enjoyed spending time with.
“Jai had aspirations to become a doctor and he would say ‘When I am bigger, I am going to be a doctor so I can make you better’.
“Jai was a model child who tragically lost his life to a mindless act.
“The life of our beloved Jai has been lost at such a tender age. A tragedy, yes with many open questions.
“The family seek for the truth for Jai and we will work with all agencies and wait patiently for answers to ensure that no stone is left unturned to find the truth, so that we can come to terms with the sequence of events which have led to our tragic loss.”
Police say an accelerant was used to start the blaze at about 5.30am on Thursday which resulted in a fire and explosion.
The Merseyside Police investigation is continuing.