Michelle Pearson’s grieving family pays tribute to mum who ‘joined her babies’
Devastated family and friends of Michelle Pearson have paid tribute to the mum who died 'and went to join her babies'.
The mother of four children murdered in a petrol bomb attack died 20 months after suffering horrific burns to 75 per cent of her body.
Mum-of-five Michelle Pearson, 37, died after spending more than a year and a half "fighting" injuries she suffered in the arson attack on her home in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Her devastated mum Sandra Lever said Ms Pearson, who had been in a "critical" condition, had "gained her wings and went to join her babies".
Announcing Ms Pearson's death on Facebook , Ms Lever wrote: "Sadly last night, After a hard 20 months of fighting.
"Our beautiful Michelle gained her wings and went to join her babies."
Ms Pearson's niece, Courtney, wrote: "Our beautiful Michelle gained her wings last night, she held on, but her children needed her more."
Family friend Marley McCabe posted a touching tribute which included a photo of her holding Ms Pearson's hand in hospital, with a caption reading: "Didn't want to let go."
Another photo showed Ms McCabe's daughter, Ivy, and Ms Pearson – whom the young girl called "Nanna Shell" – together.
Ms McCabe added: "Never thought I'd be writting these words am broke was only last night I said my last words to you and only 3 days ago you face timed your IvyB. (sic)"
She described Ms Pearson as the "strongest" woman and "like a second mum", adding: "My heart hurts. Shell no pain no more and with your beautiful Babys."
After Ms Pearson's death was announced on Monday, the family' supporters offered condolences and paid tribute to her on Facebook.
One man wrote: "R.I.P Michelle Pearson absolutely horrible what they did to you and your family, karma will come back around, fly high angel."
A woman wrote: "RIP you strong woman Michelle Pearson, what a fight you have put up sorry for your loss to the Pearson family."
Another woman added: "Speechless. Thinking of the Pearson family. In my heart & mind every single day. RIP Michelle. Go be with your beautiful angel babies."
Paying her condolences to Ms Lever, one woman wrote: "So sorry to hear this heart breaking news Michelle did fight for so long she was a fighter but God took her because he wanted an angel to meet her babies so now she's with her babies sure how tragic news thinking of you and all the family on the loss of your daughter r.i.p Michelle xxx."
Ms Pearson's four youngest children – Lia, three, Lacie, seven, Brandon, eight, and Demi, 15 – all died in the fire two weeks before Christmas in December 2017.
Ms Pearson was placed in an induced coma for five months and missed her children's funeral as she received specialist care for burns to 75 per cent of her body.
Following her death, her teenage son Kyle is the only family member to have survived the attack.
There are now calls for the child killers to face a fresh murder charge.
Police will review the original investigation and consult with the Crown Prosecution Service to determine whether a new charge is warranted.
Zak Bolland and David Worrall were found guilty of murdering the children, sentenced to four life terms and and jailed for 40 and 37 years, respectively.
They were convicted of the attempted murder of Ms Pearson, her teenage son and his friend.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed they are taking another look at the case and will consult with prosecutors about the possibility of new charges.
Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes said: “Yesterday, we were made aware that Michelle Pearson, who was seriously injured in a house fire in Walkden in 2017, passed away.
“As the Senior Investigating Officer for the investigation into the fire, I know first-hand how devastating the death of her four children was for Michelle and the news of her passing is incredibly tragic.
“I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Michelle’s loved ones at this terrible time.
"We will ensure that they receive any support they need from the investigation team as they come to terms with their loss.”
Nazir Afzal, former chief prosecutor for the North West of England, called for a fresh murder charge, tweeting: "Those convicted of the murder of her children now need to be charged with her murder.
"Time is no longer a bar to prosecution. Such a sad case."
Ben Levy, of Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service, which battled the blaze at about 5am on December 11, 2017, wrote on Twitter : "Personal thoughts and sincere condolences today to family and friends of Michelle Pearson and her children.
"This devastating fire touched so many, and was felt so deep across the strong and united community of Walkden.
Local MP Barbara Keeley tweeted: "I am so very sad to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and the family.
"Michelle was such a fighter and it was her strength and the support of her family which got her through all the months since the fire."
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