Grieving mum of daughter killed in arson attack along with 4 kids suffers fresh heartache as her sister dies

Grieving mum of daughter killed in arson attack along with 4 kids suffers fresh heartache as her sister dies

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THE heartbroken mum of a daughter and her four kids killed in a devastating arson attack has been dealt a fresh blow after her sister died.

Sandra Lever has revealed she laid her sister Janice to rest on Friday – just two weeks after daughter Michelle Pearson was buried next to her tragic children.

Sandra Lever, centre, has revealed her sister Janice, right, died just weeks after daughter Michelle was laid to rest
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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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The gran posted touching images with Janice alongside the tribute: “Lay my sister Janice to rest today you gained your wings look after Michelle and kids x”.

She was flooded with support from well-wishers who asked how much more heartbreak her family could take.

One wrote: “She is home with your mam and dad plus all her other family members that went before. God bless you Janice, rest in peace. X”.

While another said: “God give this poor woman a break she so deserves some happiness.”

Tearful mum Sandra Lever arrives at the funeral for her daughter in September
Michelle Pearson is carried to her final resting place last month
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Her coffin was followed by four white carriages representing each child she lost
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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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Michelle, 37, passed away from her injuries on August 25 – 20 months on from the petrol bomb attack that killed Demi, 15, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven and three-year-old Lia.

She was laid to rest in Walkden, Greater Manchester, last month – with her coffin followed by four white carriages carrying flowers to represent each of her children who died.

A heartbreaking poem was included in her order of service with the lines: “She tried so hard to stay with us but her fight was not in vain.

“Her babies took their mother home and freed her from the pain.”

‘DEVOTED MUM’

During the hour-long service, Michelle’s friend Elaine paid tribute her, saying she had an “endless amount of love” for her children and a “massive heart”.

Her devastated family described Michelle as a “devoted mum” who loved being around her children.

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 three 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.

‘NOT MY KIDS’

Michelle had frantically scooped little Lia in her arms and ran through their smoke-filled home to the bathroom in an attempt to save her life.

Tragically, she was overcome by the smoke and fumes and collapsed before she could save her baby daughter.

Horrified neighbours had heard her scream “Not the kids! Not my kids!” as the flames tore through the house.

Lia was later discovered in the charred bath tub but she died in hospital two days later.

Her brother Brandon was found lying face down with his head towards the landing followed by sister Lacie, who looked as though she had been following him to safety.

Demi was discovered with her feet on the floor and her hands stretched out to the open window.


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.

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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