A PERMANENT memorial to tragic tot Mikaeel Kular will be created in the community where he lived, it has emerged on what would have been his fourth birthday.
Drylaw and Muirhouse residents have so far raised more than £3000 in memory of Mikaeel, who died in January this year. One option is to create a sculpture of Mikaeel’s smiling face on a rock near where hundreds of bouquets of flowers were left by mourners.
Robert Pearson, Chairman of the Tenants and Residents of Muirhouse group, said ideas for spending the money included building a quiet memorial garden.
Residents are extremely keen that whatever is finalised has the full and total backing of Mikaeel’s family.
Mr Pearson said Mikaeel “will always be in everyones’ thoughts”.
Today, however, the community has been urged to light a candle in his memory at 7pm tonight. “I think it’s best that the family mark the birthday in their own special way,” said Mr Pearson.
It is understood that the boy’s surviving twin sister, Ashika, will have a low-key birthday party at the home of her aunt Pandeep Kular in Kirkcaldy.
Amanda Spiers, 27, who lives in the Drylaw area, said: “I know people aren’t planning to mark his birthday, but I am sure everyone will be thinking of him, it’s still so sad to think about.
“He is still on everyone’s mind, what happened will stay with people for a long time.”
Amanda added: “People have been talking about a stonemason who is to come down and carve Mikaeel’s face into one of the big rocks round where all the flowers were.”
Katie Pearson, 24, who also lives nearby, said: “It’s just such a shame for Mikaeel, and his family.
“Birthdays and anniversaries pop up all the time and it makes everything raw again.
“When you think about his twin sister and how she will be having her birthday too, it’s just very sad.”
Mikaeel’s body was discovered in a wooded area in Kirkcaldy on January 17 following a two-day search after he went missing from his home in Ferry Gait Crescent.
Thousands of residents joined a city-wide search. It later emerged he had died from internal bleeding and peritonitis, a form of blood poisoning.
It is understood Mikaeel’s siblings Tarin, nine, David, seven, Renika, six, as well as Ashika, are currently living with their aunt, Pandeep Kular, at her home in Kirkcaldy.
Mikaeel’s mother, Rosdeep Kular, 34, is to go on trial charged with murdering her son.