Mum Michelle Pearson to be buried next to her 4 kids today after petrol bomb arson blaze killed family

Mum Michelle Pearson to be buried next to her 4 kids today after petrol bomb arson blaze killed family

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TRAGIC mum Michelle Pearson will be buried next to her four kids today – 20 months after the devastating arson attack that killed the youngsters.

The mum-of-six is due to be laid to rest this afternoon with hundreds of people lining the streets of Walkden, Greater Manchester, to pay their respects.

Michelle Pearson suffered burns to 75 per cent of her body after the fire that claimed the lives of her children
Michelle Pearson suffered burns to 75 per cent of her body after the fire that claimed the lives of her children
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The 37-year-old spent 20 months battling her injuries
The 37-year-old spent 20 months battling her injuries
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Michelle, 37, passed away on August 25 – 20 months on from the petrol bomb attack that killed Demi, 15, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven and three-year-old Lia.

Her mum Sandra Lever has revealed Michelle will be buried next to her children in a customised coffin.

She told The Sun Online: “The day of the funeral is a surprise for everyone, we don’t want to say what the coffin is like.

“[I will just say] that Michelle will have an amazing send off. Hopefully the community will be there like they did with the kids.

“We will be walking behind the carriages to the church, keeping it traditional in black and white. We have got bagpipes as well – more than last time. Michelle is having a horse and carriage.”

The arson attack took place at the Pearson family home where siblings Brandon, Lia and, Lacie lived
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Brandon, Lia and, Lacie were killed in the Walkden arson attack[/caption]

Demi Pearson, 14, also died in the fire
Demi Pearson, 14, also died in the fire on December 11, 2017
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The procession will begin at 11.15am with mourners welcome to place flowers on the horse-drawn carriage.

A service will then take place at 12pm at St Paul’s Church where the joint funeral of Demi, Brandon, Lacie and Lia took place.

Both the burial and the wake are for family and close friends only.

Michelle spent five months in a coma with 75 per cent burns to her body following the inferno at her home in Walkden, Greater Manchester in December 2017.

She was given the devastating news when she eventually woke that her four youngest children had perished in the blaze.

But brave Michelle repeatedly fought back from the brink of death as she underwent countless operations on her infected wounds.

‘ONE DAY WE WILL BE REUNITED’

She had hoped to be well enough to attend her children’s funeral in September last year but was forced to stay in Wythenshawe Hospital.

A heartbreaking tribute she penned for the youngsters was instead read out to the congregation on her behalf.

She described her children as “so close”, adding: “They were the twinkle in my eye, now they are angels in the sky. One day we will be reunited together forever.”

Michelle’s condition had begun to improve but tragically she took a turn for the worse and passed away on August 25.

Her devastated mum, who FaceTimed her dying daughter because she was too distraught to visit the hospital, had begged her: “Michelle, don’t leave us now, you’ve fought for 20 months.”

DEVASTATING ARSON ATTACK

But in her first interview since her daughter’s death, Sandra exclusively told us: “Michelle didn’t really want to be with us. I think she wanted to be with the kids for a long while.

“I’m happy for her in a way because of the pain she went through for 20 months.”

There are now calls for convicted killers Zak Bolland and David Worrall to be charged with murder following her death.

Manchester Crown Court previously heard how Bolland had been involved in a petty feud with the victims’ 17-year-old brother Kyle Pearson.

The lifeless bodies of the four sleeping siblings were found in the rubble of the fire after one of the petrol bombs landed near the stairs – trapping the victims inside the three-bedroom home.


In May last year Bolland, then 23, was convicted of four counts of murder and three of attempted murder and was handed a minimum 40-year sentence.

His friend Worrall, then 26, was also convicted of the four murders and three counts of attempted GBH and was handed a 37-year sentence.

Bolland’s then girlfriend Courtney Brierley was found guilty of four counts of manslaughter and was jailed for 21 years.

Sandra Lever’s four grandchildren died in the Walkden arson attack
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Michelle as a little girl with her sister Sarah on the beach
Michelle as a little girl with her sister Sarah on the beach
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Michelle's health had deteriorated in the past five months
Michelle’s health had deteriorated in the past five months
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The Pearson family home went up in flames after a petrol bomb attack
The Pearson family home went up in flames after a petrol bomb attack
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Courtney Brierley was found guilty of four counts of mansalughter and was jailed for 21 years
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Zak Bolland was convicted of four counts of murder and three of attempted murder and was handed a minimum 40-year sentence.
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David Worrall was also convicted of the four murders and three counts of attempted GBH and was handed a 37-year sentence.
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Two petrol bombs were thrown through a window into the family's home in Walkden, Greater Manchester
Two petrol bombs were thrown through a window into the family’s home
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