THE teenage sister of a seven-year-old boy killed in a suspected gang-related arson attack has posted an emotional tribute to her brother.
Sarah Urhie, who escaped the blaze at the family home by jumping from a first-floor window, also posted touching footage of her little brother Joel kissing her on the cheek.
She tweeted: ‘Rest in paradise, I love you forever little bro.’ Under the video clip, she added: ‘Rest in perfect peace my amazing little brother Joel, nothing makes sense right now, I love you.’
Sarah, 19, was home from university for the summer when fire ripped through her family’s home in Deptford, south-east London, early on Tuesday.
She escaped with her mother, Sophie, who yesterday remained in hospital.
Joel was trapped inside where his body was found. Police have launched a murder inquiry.
It is believed older brother Sam, who was recently released from jail and not in the house at the time, may have been the intended target of the attack.
The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed the 21-year-old was jailed in 2016 for four years and four months after admitting possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, and having criminal cash.
A neighbour, who does not want to be identified, confirmed Sam was recently released from prison, adding: ‘This is definitely gang-related, 100 per cent.’
Det Ch Insp Mark Wrigley said police were keeping an ‘open mind concerning motive’ to the murder and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
‘This horrific incident has left a family shattered and the tragic loss of such a young life in suspicious circumstances resonates throughout the community in Deptford,’ he said.
A post-mortem examination found Joel’s death was ‘consistent with fire and smoke inhalation’, police said.
Tributes, many seemingly written by children, have been laid across the street from the burnt-out home where he died. One message said: ‘Sorry you had to die. It must have been terrifying to be surrounded by fire, from Nicole.’