THE sister of a seven-year-old boy killed in an arson attack has today paid tribute to the schoolboy, saying: “Nothing makes sense now”.
Joel Urhie was killed when a blaze ripped through his family’s Deptford home, with police now probing whether the real target was his older brother, Samuel, 21.
Joel Urhie was just seven-years-old when he was killed in the fire, with older sister Sarah paying tribute to the schoolboy
Sister Sarah, 19, managed to escape the blaze along with mum Sophie by jumping out the first floor of the home as the blaze took hold in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The family has been left grieving at the loss of little Joel, who dreamt of becoming a firefighter when he grew up.
Sharing heartwarming videos of the pair smiling together, devastated older sister Sophie wrote: “Rest in perfect peace my amazing little brother Joel , nothing makes sense right now, I love you.”
Joel’s family and friends have been left reeling at the horrific blaze that tore through the family home, with police now treating the schoolboy’s death as murder.
Sarah shared videos of her with the young boy, saying ‘nothing makes sense right now’
PA:Press Association Police guard the scene after the fire ripped through the Deptford home on Tuesday morning
Sarah shared the precious memories on social media of her little brother
Relatives suspect gang rivals of Sam, also known as Skeemz, was the intended target of the arson attack on the family’s Deptford home in the early hours of Tuesday.
He had been jailed for four years and four months in February 2014 for two counts of supplying drugs and one of possession of criminal property.
And he survived an attempted stabbing at the house just weeks before the tragedy.
Witnesses told how the grief-stricken brother was heard screaming: “It should have been me. Why not me to die?” as he travelled to the hospital after the blaze.
Dad of seven-year-old boy Joel Urhie – killed in house fire in suspected arson attack – speaks at scene in Deptford
Twitter Older brother Samuel is said to be devastated at the loss of his little brother
SWNS:South West News Service Police are treating the schoolboy’s death as murder
SWNS:South West News Service Family of little Joel have spoken of their loss
And yesterday it emerged the boys’ mum Sophie confronted her son in emotional scenes in hospital barely 24 hours after the fire had claimed his little brother’s life.
A cousin of Joel’s dad John, who did not want to give her name, told The Sun Online: “The mum blamed him. She told him straight away in the hospital ‘you have killed Joel’.”
One local resident today told The Sun Online Sam was a “sweet kid when he was younger but was now 100 per cent a gangster and listened to drill music”.
The family have backed a Sun reward of £25,000 to nail his killers and begged: “Someone please help us.”
Deptford resident describes the tragic house fire that claimed the life of 7-year-old Joel Urhie
Nick Obank – The Sun Joel was only seven years old when he died after his home was torched
Today mum-of-two Elizabeth Okusanya, 42, paid tribute to Joel, who was in the same class as her son at school.
She told the Sun Online: “He was very gentle, he didn’t get it or trouble. He used wanted to be himself. I used to call him Jo Jo.
“He was a very nice boy, a quiet boy.”
She said she was still “shocked” by the horror fire, saying: “I feel like I must be in a dream.
“When I saw the fire I came out and just started weeping and weeping. I threw myself to the ground and started crying. It’s just so painful.”