This is the first picture of tragic Lisa Clay and her partner Paul Chadwick who has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing her to death.
Lisa, 41, and her six-year-old son Joseph Chadwick, were found dead in their home on Lowlands Road, Bolton-le-Sands, on Tuesday.
Chadwick was arrested on suspicion of murder and airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital with self-inflicted stab wounds, where he remains in a serious condition.
Tearful Janet Morley, 58, lived opposite the family for a year when they rented a property in St Michael’s Close, Bolton-le-Sands, around the corner from their new house.
She described Joseph as ‘such a sweet little boy’.
She said: ‘I just cannot believe Joseph has gone. He used to stand at the front window and wave to us as we walked past.’
Neighbours said Lisa worked part-time on the checkout at Marks and Spencer in Lancaster and Paul was a freelance gardener.
They said Joseph had just started at Bolton-le-Sands Primary after Christmas and would often play football in the back garden with his mum.
Mrs Morley added: ‘Lisa was really looking forward to moving into their new house.
“They’d recently had a party for Joseph’s sixth birthday and he seemed such a happy child.’
“I never heard them fighting. They were not one of those families from hell and I just feel so sick for their family.’
Another neighbour added: ‘I am so upset, I feel sick to the core.
“They were a friendly, relaxed and chatty family who I often spoke to over the garden fence.
“I even sent them a card to say ‘Good luck in your new home’.”
The Reverend Nancy Goodwich, vicar at Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, said members of her congregation were ‘terribly distressed’ during a service on Wednesday.
She said: “This violence is beyond our understanding and is a deep wound in our community.
“We prayed for a mother and son who have been taken from us and that God’s infinite and healing love would surround all who are touched by this tragedy.”
Another neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I’m horrified by what’s happened”.
She added: “Whatever went on, no-one deserves to be killed. What on earth did that little six-year-old boy do to deserve that?”
Floral tributes have been left outside the family’s house.
One said: ‘Rest In Peace little man and your mom’. Another said: ‘I know you are in good hands, now Rest In Peace’.
Police have launched a murder inquiry and confirmed they are not looking for anybody else in connection with the investigation.
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.