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Leon Weston, Michelle Stephen Dead: Tributes For Mother And Son Found In Edinburgh

01/03/2012 18:26 GMT

A five-year-old found dead with his mother was a "kind and caring" little boy who "always wanted to do well", his headteacher said tonight.

Leon Weston and his mother, Michelle Stephen, were found dead at their home in Parkhead Grove in the Sighthill area of Edinburgh when police were called to the property at 5pm on Tuesday.

Their deaths are being treated as "unexplained", Lothian and Borders Police said.

Leon was a pupil at Murrayburn Primary School in Sighthill. A counselling service has been set up to support staff and pupils at the school.

Headteacher Michael Urquhart said the whole school is "deeply saddened" by the deaths.

She said: "Leon was a kind and caring little boy who enjoyed school and always wanted to do well. He loved football and cars, always showed concern for others and was a popular member of the class.

"The school is supporting pupils and staff at this difficult time and we are grateful for the support of parents and the wider school community.

"Our thoughts are with family and friends of Leon and his mum."

Flowers, football strips and cuddly toys were left at the gate of the property yesterday.

Ms Stephen was an office worker at St Augustine's High School in Sighthill.

Terry McNamee, headteacher at St Augustine's, said: "We were incredibly shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Michelle Stephen.

"Michelle was a valued member of our school office staff who had built up positive relationships with staff and pupils alike. She will be missed by all and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time."

The City of Edinburgh Council said it would assist police with their inquiries.

Councillor Marilyne MacLaren said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of this tragic incident, which must be devastating for the family and their friends and colleagues.

"We will support them in any way we can.

"This tragedy affects our whole education community. This will be a very hard time for our staff as they come to terms with this and we will continue to offer help to those affected."

Flowers left at the scene for the tragic pair in the Parkhead Grove area of Edinburgh