Leicester

Service for mother and children found dead in Leicester

A memorial service has been held for a Leicester mother and her two children.

The bodies of Joy Small, 24, her son Aubarr, three, and daughter Chanarra, two, were found in a property on the Mowmacre estate on 12 February.

Her ex-partner and the children's father was found dead at a country park. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the case.

Scores of balloons bearing personal tributes were released in memory of Ms Small and her children.

The service at the Tudor Centre in Mowmacre Hill was organised to let people "express their shock and sadness".

Aram Abdul Razaq Aziz, 32, was found at Watermead Country Park on 11 February. Investigators said they were treating the death of Ms Small and the children as suspicious.

Image caption Joy Small was described as a very loving mother

The fence outside the flat on Jersey Road has been covered with dozens of tributes and soft toys.

Annette Byrne, a local councillor for the estate, described the week since the deaths as "horrific".

"There has been shock and, especially for the children, anger, they were so innocent and young" she said.

"She was a very good mum, very loving. It is going to be hard for the community to deal with.

"I have lived here since the estate was built and nothing like this has happened before."

A collection has been started with the intention of creating a permanent memorial to the family.

Post-mortem examinations have been carried out but police said more tests were required before the causes of the deaths could be released.

Officers have confirmed they had previous contact with the family, and discussions have been held with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as to whether the case should be referred to it.

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