POST mortem examinations have been carried out on a Sheffield-born woman and her two children who were found dead in their home.
Joy Small, aged 24, who was born in Sheffield and moved to Grimsby before settling in Leicester, was found dead in her home on Saturday afternoon with her two children – her three-year-old son Aubarr Aziz and two-year-old daughter Chanarra.
The body of her former partner Aram Abdul Razaq Aziz, 32, who was the father of the two children, was found at a country park the night before.
Leicestershire Police said the deaths are being treated as suspicious but officers are not looking for anyone else.
Friends claim Joy and Aram had a volatile relationship and Joy had a panic alarm installed at her home when the pair split.
Joy’s ex-husband Javed Ghaznavi, 32, the carer of Joy’s oldest son, said he had last spoken to her eight months ago.
He said: “She was crying and was desperately upset. She was having problems with Aram and they had separated. I saw Aram two months ago and he said they had got back together for the sake of their kids.”
He said Joy saw her oldest son only once a year.
It is believed Joy, a former canteen worker, was married to Aram Aziz but did not use his surname.
Her stepfather Martin Small, who lives with Joy’s mum Susan in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, said: ‘We haven’t seen very much of Joy.
“She started living in a very Muslim area of Leicester and began living a Muslim life.
“She wasn’t a Muslim convert as such but she did live that way of life to an extent: she was about half and half.”
Friends today paid tribute to Joy.
Lisa McNairn, who lived nearby, said Joy was a shy woman but had made friends with other mothers at a mums and tots group, which had helped her ‘come out of her shell’.
The mum-of-two said: “She was brilliant, just really bubbly and always up for a laugh.
“She was a fantastic mum, absolutely brilliant – you couldn’t fault her.”