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Mum Thanks Public For Support

Thursday October 30 2014

Jack, Claire and Paul Jack, Claire and Paul

THE mother of two young boys who were "murdered" by their father in a deliberate fire has thanked the public for their support.

Claire Sykes, who lost sons Jack, 12, and nine-year-old Paul in the blaze on Tennyson Close, Penistone, has been inundated with messages on Pray for Jack, a Facebook page set up before her eldest son succumbed to his injuries five days after the fire.

She alleges that Darren Sykes - her husband who she had recently broken up from - lured the boys into the home's playroom attic with the promise of new toy trains before starting the fire downstairs.

Darren and Paul died at the scene soon after the blaze, but Jack passed away in hospital.

Almost 5,000 people have joined the page, posting messages of support and images of pumpkins designed in memory of the boys.

Claire wrote on Facebook: "I'm overwhelmed with all the pumpkins that are lighting the way for my two beautiful boys. The fact that you're all taking time to remember Jack and Paul is simply humbling and comforting.

"I don't know how I will carry on without my boys - my heart is broken in two. Knowing that so many people are thinking of them makes me proud to have been their mum."

Police and fire investigators said evidence pointed to the fire being started deliberately and they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the tragedy.

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Reply Posted by Lisa on Thursday October 30 2014 at 13:11
Bless her nobody should have to go through what she's gone through. RIP little ones

Reply Posted by Damien on Thursday October 30 2014 at 13:19
It's a cruel sad world you poor woman I we can hope and pray they nothing of there fait can't understand how you must feel your mam and dads are supposed to protect you not hurt you RIP

Reply Posted by julie on Thursday October 30 2014 at 13:21
So sorry 4 ur loss, no mum shud hav t go thru this, RIP little dudes xxx

Reply Posted by Pauline masto on Thursday October 30 2014 at 13:28
So sad for this mum, 2 sons. I lost one and that's bad enough. Prayers for you Claire in the days a head. And for your sweet angels may they rest in peace. God bless xxxx

Reply Posted by annie on Thursday October 30 2014 at 15:39
so sad, heaven has just got two beautiful angles, no mother should ever have to go threw the heart break of losing their children, stay stong claire ur boys will always be with you, fly safe jack & paul.xxx

Reply Posted by laura on Thursday October 30 2014 at 15:40
so sorry for ur loss rip little ones. prayers for claire god bless xxxx

Reply Posted by 4ft11andshrinking on Thursday October 30 2014 at 15:49
Prayers are with the family at this awful time, no-one should have to endure this, God bless.

Reply Posted by Derk on Thursday October 30 2014 at 17:38
Rip little men and may God bless your brave Mum

Reply Posted by bfc:( on Thursday October 30 2014 at 18:24
Words cannot say how sorry people are in this very very tragic time for yourself and your family..

R.I.P young ones..

Reply Posted by L Foulkes on Thursday October 30 2014 at 18:56
Claire was the most wonderful loving mom who adored her boys with a passion, thinking of you and sending my love.
Lilly xxxxxx

Reply Posted by neil on Thursday October 30 2014 at 18:28
so sad for two so young, so sorry for your loss, RIP little ones.

Reply Posted by stuart on Thursday October 30 2014 at 19:12
Can remember these 2 boys on thursday night at dorothy hyman with her mother claire and they used to love the running and helping out and will always remember them with big smiles
rip boys the community is devestated with this loss xxxx

Reply Posted by Stephen John Shirt on Thursday October 30 2014 at 19:27
Our Heartfelt Sympathy to you Dear Lady for the sad loss of your Dear Sons,R.I.P.Jack & Paul Good Night God Bless

Reply Posted by jane on Thursday October 30 2014 at 22:15
sorry 4 your loss r.i.p little ones xxxxxxx

Reply Posted by Gail on Friday October 31 2014 at 06:52
So so very very sorry for you Claire
Such beautiful boys.
May God give you the strenght to get through this tragic time.
My thoughts are with you.
God bless.

Reply Posted by louise on Friday October 31 2014 at 07:03
Claire, a wonderful, dedicated, caring mum. Thinking of you. Your boys will live in our hearts forever xxxx

Reply Posted by lauren attree on Friday October 31 2014 at 08:28
Oh Claire, I am so so so sorry for the loss of your sons, I remembered in our t,a class, your boys were everything to you, my heart goes to you and the rest of your family. Rip jback and Paul xxxxxx