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Aberdeen Boy Burned In 'Petrol Game' Dies
A seven-year-old boy who was badly burned in an Aberdeen street last week has died in hospital.
Preston Flores is believed to have suffered 80% burns after he was set on fire while playing a game with friends in Bedford Avenue around 2pm on Good Friday.
In a statement released through police, his mother, Luisza, said: "Preston's family want to inform the public that their precious little boy has passed away and is at rest.
"He meant the world to his family and will always be deeply missed and loved.
"Preston was a special little boy and his loss has ripped our family apart."
The statement added: "On behalf of our family I would like to thank everyone for their support but would ask that we are now allowed to grieve in peace for Preston."
Preston and other children are believed to have taken a petrol can from the back of a van shortly before the fire started, according to local newspaper The Press and Journal.
One relative told the Daily Record that Preston had been "mucking about" with mates before his clothes caught fire.
A police spokesman confirmed petrol was involved but said there was no evidence to suggest the "tragic incident" was a deliberate act.
Witnesses described hearing screams and said the youngster's clothes stuck to his body as neighbours tried to douse the flames.
Preston was initially taken to the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital but was moved to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, where he died.
Preston attended Sunnybank School. Its acting headteacher Michelle McKay said: "Preston was a lively and competitive little boy who loved football, PE and all sorts of outdoor activities, as well as board games, baking and building with Lego.
"He was a fun-loving boy with a great sense of humour and lots of friends.
"He loved his family too, and was always sharing with us the latest news about his new baby brother.
"This is a tragic time for his family, for the school and for everyone connected to it. We are all so saddened by what has happened.
"This is a strong and close-knit community, however, and so we are all supporting each other and I am sure that, together, we will find ways of coming to terms with our loss."
Detective Inspector Lorna Ferguson, of Police Scotland, said: "Our thoughts are with Preston's family, friends and the Bedford community at this sad time."
A report into the tragedy will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal in due course as is usual procedure.