Smiling Scott in his P1 class at Alva Primary School
NEIGHBOURS and friends yesterday 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, is due to appear in court tomorrow in connection with his death. Scott’s sister was also found in the house in the town’s Carnaughton Place.
All day yesterday a stream of neighbours left flowers and soft toys outside the house in tribute to the tragic youngster. Farai, originally from Zimbabwe, had lived in Alva for several years. 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.
Scott Chirashi, centre, at a holiday club at the local church
He added: “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.”
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.”
At times like this I guess we all question God. His family will be looked after, people like me will make sure they want for nothing and get all the support they need
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. 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.
Scott plays at the holiday club
“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.
Forensic experts comb the scene where flowers and teddy bear tributes were placed by friends and neighbours
“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.” Yesterday afternoon a team of forensic officers combed the house for clues to Scott’s death. Emergency services had raced to the house at 8.50am on Friday. Scott was declared dead at the scene. Police have revealed that the youngster had a “significant injury “ to his body.
How the Scottish Media reported this tragic event below, the 2nd such incident to hit Scotland in a year after the Death of Edinburgh kid Mikaeel Kular https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/?s=Mikaeel+Kular+ We don’t have these things here so we don’t take it well. The police here don’t take it well. This was the police telling the media and people like my sons who were searching for Mikaeel below, at 18 seconds in you can hear people start to cry, Scotland as I say doesn’t have this happen, we don’t have these ways. So we take it VERY hard. Today Scotland mourns young Scott Chirashi and we wish he ‘Rest’s in Peace with God’ We don’t understand this in Scotland, we don’t get it. We are always there to support. Below in the video, my 2 sons and thousands more spent 3 days looking for Mikaeel, you can hear and see the utter sadness as the policeman says “Discovered the body of a young boy” And today as a nation we mourn again for a kid, a baby, whole life to lead, so sad, tragic. I am out of words, it’s very upsetting
Outside my local police station, the policeman almost cries, police are real people here. Our ways make me not understand the rest of the World. We are not better nor worse, we are just a small country with 4.5 Million people in a country 12% populated. We feel it, it’s real, the policeman nearly cried, you seen him pause, as we watched live as all TV stations in Scotland cut to the police station, we all cried. My wife, my 2 sons and I. We didn’t know what to say. We knew the kid, we knew the family. In the end the Mother admitted it and did the right thing by not putting the family through a murder trial. May both Mikeeal and Scott R.I.P x
Mikaeel Kular and murder mum Rosdeep Kular from the area I grew up as a kid