THE mother of the four-year-old boy who was stabbed to death paid tribute to her “loveable and mischievous” son.
And Valerie Hawkins – grieving for Ryan – also praised friends and neighbours who had supported her and her family.
Ryan died last month after being stabbed nine times at a house in Royd Street, Hill Top, Slaithwaite.
His mother Valerie said: “I’ve lived in Slaithwaite for 40 years and I have never seen the community pull together as they have done.
“Ryan was part of the community and everyone knew him and spoke to him.
“He was happy, friendly and mischievous and he loved playing with his Spiderman stuff and Power Rangers.
“He was very loveable and always told us he loved us and was always wanting kisses.
“I’d like to thank all our friends, the community and the staff at the hospital for the support they have shown, particularly Cheryl who has been there for all of us and kept us going.
“We still think Ryan is going to come home and we miss him terribly.”
Ryan’s 14-year-old sister Donna was also seriously injured in the incident in Royd Street and suffered 23 stab wounds.
Donna said in a statement released by West Yorkshire Police: “I would like to say a big thank you to Waquar, Michelle and Joanne, and to Joanne for coming in the ambulance with me.
“I don’t know what I would have done without them. Ryan and I were really close and I miss him loads.”
Natalie Hawkins, 15, was away for the weekend when the tragedy happened.
The family said that donations from Ryan’s funeral, which was held last week, totalled £1,106.16 and will be donated to the NSPCC.
A trust fund has also been set up in Ryan’s memory at the Yorkshire Building Society in Slaithwaite and the money will be donated to a local playgroup.
Ryan and Donna’s father, Christopher Hawkins, 47, has been charged with murder and attempted murder and is currently in custody awaiting trial.