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Slough station deaths: Mother and son killed by train named

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Image caption Slough station was closed for six hours while police investigated

A mother and her son who were killed when they were hit by a train in Slough, Berkshire, have been named.

British Transport Police said formal identification had yet to take place but relatives of Rubina Khan, 46, and Amaar Khan, 10, released a statement.

The tribute from the family described Amaar as a "cute, gorgeous little boy".

Police said they were providing support to family members. A spokesman said: "We ask that they be left to grieve and come to terms with what has happened."

The statement read: "Rubina was a loving mother, wife, daughter and sister who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

"Amaar was a cute, gorgeous little boy, with a lovely cheeky side, and we will all miss him so much. Their loss has left a huge hole in our lives and we are all struggling to come to terms with what has happened.

"We have, however, been comforted and humbled by the support of the community. More than 1,000 people have been to see us to pay their respects, which really is testament to Rubina's character as she was loved by one and all."

The incident happened just before 09:45 BST on Tuesday.

British Transport Police said the deaths were being treated as suspicious, but no third party was being sought.

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Image caption Two of the four lines at Slough were closed causing delays in and out of London

They said the possibility of a murder-suicide was "one of the lines of inquiry".

Emergency services and forensics officers closed two of the four lines in and out of London Paddington at Slough for six hours, causing severe delays and cancellations.

Passengers on the 08:41 from Bedwyn, which hit the pair, were kept on the train while investigations were carried out.

Dan Paynes, a spokesman for First Great Western, said the driver was replaced at Slough.

"He is receiving all the support he needs and probably won't drive again for some time," he said.

Amaar's school - Godolphin Juniors - said it was "shocked and saddened" and counsellors were providing support to pupils, staff and parents.

Acting headteacher Carol Singh said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Amaar and his mother.

"Amaar was a lovely young boy who was passionate about both sports and computers.

"However, he will be most remembered for his amazing smile which simply lit up the room.

"He was greatly loved by all in the school and we will miss both him and his mother."

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