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'My boys did not deserve to die'

Paul and Jay Ross
The mother of Paul and Jay Ross described them as 'irreplaceable'

The mother of two young boys found dead in a car has said they "did not deserve to die".

A man, thought to be their father, remains in a critical condition in hospital with severe burns.

Giselle Ross issued a statement about her sons through Strathclyde Police on Monday afternoon.

The bodies of six-year-old Paul and Jay, aged two, were found in a car in the Campsie hills, north of Glasgow, on Saturday afternoon.

BBC Scotland understands they were both stabbed, although police have still to confirm how the children died.

A murder inquiry is under way into the death of the pair, who lived in Royston, north of Glasgow.


Paul and Jay were beautiful boys who were well loved by all the family and everyone who knew them

Giselle Ross
Mother

Police have not yet confirmed whether the injured man, who is under police guard, was related to the children.

However local people named him as Ashok Kalyanjee, the father of the boys, who used to work in the local post office.

Officers said that they were following a "positive" line of inquiry and were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

The boys were found in the vehicle near Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, at 1630 BST on Saturday.

Mrs Ross said: "Paul and Jay were beautiful boys who were well loved by all the family and everyone who knew them. They did not deserve to die.

"Paul wasn't even allowed to play outside in case he came to any harm. Both boys loved their mum - they were real mummy's boys.

"They are irreplaceable and are greatly missed by all the family."

'Sad time'

Paul Ross was a pupil at Royston Primary School in Glasgow.

Head teacher Elizabeth Davidson said: "Paul was a lovely, well-behaved, quiet young boy. I'm certain that children who knew Paul and his brother will be devastated when they learn of this tragic news.

"The school has been made aware of the incident and shall be supporting the mother in any way it can. Our thoughts and prayers are with her at this sad time."

Locals spoke of the shock at the deaths of the two boys.

One neighbour said: "It's just so sad, it's a terrible thing to have happened. I live next door and my heart goes out to them."

Lennoxtown scene
The B822 Crow Road was closed off after the bodies were found

Another woman, who did not want to be named, said: "It's just such a shame that this has happened, it's a tragedy. Words can't describe it.

"I used to see the mother passing by with the two wee boys, one of them in the pram. I think she must be in a terrible place.

"We were at mass on Sunday and everyone was talking about it. As soon as they mentioned the post office I knew who it was.

"I didn't know the family well but I did know the grandmother quite well. They were very close and the boys' mum was devastated when she died, heartbroken.

"To bury your mum not long ago and then bury your two babies is just awful."

The area where the boys were found is about 10 miles from Glasgow in the Campsie Fells, a popular spot with families and hill walkers.

It is said to be popular because of the views it offers across Glasgow.




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