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Boy who fell into River Soar named by police

A two-year-old boy reported to have fallen into the River Soar has today been named as Xielo Maruziva.

A search has been ongoing in the area since Sunday afternoon (18 February) after Xielo was reported to have fallen into the water at the Aylestone Meadows area, near to Marsden Lane.

Leicester Time: Boy who fell into River Soar named by police
Picture: Leicestershire Police

Xielo’s family have today described their son as a “cheeky, funny” boy who is “a bundle of joy”. They have also thanked members of the community for their ongoing support.

Xielo’s mother said: “Xielo is a cheeky, funny, friendly, smart, caring and independent little boy. He never fails to make me laugh or smile and always loves a cuddle and some kisses.

“Xielo loves playing with his toys and watching cartoons including Bino and Fino.

“Me, his dad and the whole family are so heartbroken at what has happened. We thank everyone who has supported us and helped us during this time. We are extremely grateful for this.

“All we want is for Xielo to be found as soon as possible. Thank you.”

Xielo’s father added: “Xielo is a bundle of joy to us. He is a charming and creative little boy and has just started at nursery. He loves cuddles, playing with his toys and going to the park.

“As a family we have been completely devastated over the past few days as the search for Xielo continues. It is hard to describe the pain and suffering we are going through.

“We would like to thank the search teams at the scene. We would also like to thank members of the public for all of your support. It is your prayers which are keeping us strong.

“We kindly ask that people wait for updates through the authorities in relation to the search as we continue to be overwhelmed with enquiries and messages at this time.

“Thank you all for your ongoing love and support.”

Further information regarding the ongoing search can be found at: –