Tributes paid to tragic Michelle Stephen and Leon Weston

Michelle and Leon (right) with grandad Jim Weir

THE FAMILY of the mother who killed her five-year-old son before committing suicide have paid tribute to their ‘dearly loved’ relatives.

Michelle Stephen, 31, and Leon Weston were found dead at their home in Sighthill, Edinburgh by husband Barry who was left ‘devastated’ by the discovery.

It is understood Michelle ‘couldn’t cope’ after her father, respected prison officer Jim Weir, died from cancer earlier this year.

Mrs Stephen, who worked at St Augustine’s RC High School in the city,  took her own life after killing her son in the Parkhead area of the city.

The tragedy happened just months after Mrs Stephen married for the second time.

The close and extended family of Michelle and Leon issued a statement saying: “We would like to pay tribute to two very special members of our family who were dearly loved and will be sadly missed.

“In wake of this tragic incident we would like to thank everyone for their kind words, warm condolences and tributes.

“Barry and Michelle were a couple very much in love. Both were devoted to Leon and the whole family are struggling to come to terms with the loss of two such precious lives.”

The family asked for privacy and to be allowed to grieve in peace.

Earlier, the headteacher at Murrayburn Primary School where Leon attended said Leon was a ‘popular member of the class.’

Michael Urquhart, Head teacher atMurrayburnPrimary School, said: “MurrayburnPrimary Schoolis deeply saddened at the death of a Primary 1 pupil, Leon Weston and his mother Michelle Stephens.

“Leonwas 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.”

Mrs Stephen’s colleagues at the school where she worked spoke of their shock.

Terry McNamee,hHead teacher at St Augustine’s High School, said: “We were incredibly shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Michelle Stephens.

“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.”