NEIGHBOURS and friends over the weekend paid tearful tribute to a five-year-old schoolboy found dead at his home.
Scott Chirashi’s body was found by police on Friday at his home in Alva, Clackmannanshire, having suffered “a significant injury”. His mother Farai (32), who emigrated from Zimbabwe several years ago remains in police custody as the main and only suspect to her son’s murder is due to appear in court tomorrow in connection with his death.
All through the weekend a stream of neighbours left flowers and soft toys outside the house in tribute to the tragic youngster.
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.
“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”, said Ononiwu
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 although some sources within the Zimbabwean community claim Tichakunda had converted to the embattled AGAPE church headed by Walter Masocha. Jean Gasho, who sparked controversy that led to troubles in the AGAPE church took to her blog, likening her situation to that of Farai. Read more on her account at: http://hewasmydaddy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/father-of-5-year-0ld-boy-stabbed-to.html
Last night 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”, added the friend.
Emergency services had raced to the house at 8.50am on Friday. Scott was declared dead at the scene.