The parents of a 14-year-old found dead in Holbeach last week have thanked the community for rallying to support them after losing their “best friend” and “whole world”.
Alex Buchan, of Moulton Chapel, died in the early hours of Saturday, April 13.
Messages of support have flooded in for mum Lisa Lynn and dad, also called Alex Buchan, who publicly wanted say a personal thank you through The Voice.
Lisa said of the youngest of her three children: “He was a beautiful boy, really unique in his ways, his personality and so, so loving.
“He never turned away a hug and he could talk to me about anything. He was my world. It was just me and him.
“We’d have many nights talking with each other and I’d tell him my problems and he could tell me his.
“He was my best friend. He was my whole world.
“I’ve got daughters but they have families of their own.
“Alex was my purpose, my reason for living.
“It didn’t take much to put a smile on his face and he was always grateful for anything you did for him.”
Dad Alex, who frequently called his son Little Alex said: “He was kind and friendly. He never said a bad word about anybody ever.
“He was always so happy. Everyone loved him.
“We used to do motorhome trade shows up and down the country and Alex made an impression on everybody.
“This is a feeling no-one should ever have to go through. I can’t even explain the feeling.”
Alex was an uncle to four nephews and nieces, all under five-years-old.
“He would play with them, hug them, read to them,” Lisa said.
“We’ve got so many photos of him with the kids.”
Alex was a keen sportsman particularly enjoying football and kickboxing.
He’d previously been a member of Shadow Martial Arts in Holbeach as well as part of Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United junior football clubs.
Lisa said: “He made us so proud of everything he did.
“He always put his best into it. At his last parents’ evening everyone said how much he’d matured.
“Not one of his teachers had a bad thing to say about him.
“He’d built up to a really good place with his teachers.
Alex added: “He excelled at maths. His teacher said he was years ahead of the others in the class and that he was outstanding at it.”
Lisa and Alex say they don’t know any details about his death.
A 15-year-old girl and two 19-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of drug-related offences and released on police bail when Alex was found and police investigations into his death are continuing.
Alex was staying at his dad’s house in Holbeach for a few days and said he was going to stay the night at a friend’s house.
His parents said they did not know the people who have been arrested, but they were not any of Alex’s friends they were aware of.
Lisa said. “We don’t even know what happened to our boy.”
A fundraising drive for the family has been launched with over £2,000 so far.
A bingo and raffle night in Alex’s memory was due to take place at Leverington Sports and Social Club at 7.30pm last night (Wednesday).
There are also fundraising pots in Moulton’s The Jolly Farmer along with Spalding’s The Punchbowl and Bentley’s.
Alex’s best friends plan to gather at Carter’s Park in Holbeach on Saturday and release balloons in his memory.
His dad said: “We want to thank everyone for the support and we’re astounded with how people have rallied round and supported us.
“It’s amazing how everybody can come together in the worst time of our life
“Everyone is so devastated that they feel they need to do something. He brought sunshine into everybody’s life. I can’t believe at times like this how people come together.
“Everyone is so devastated that they feel they need to do something.
“It’s nice to see what everybody thought of him.
Lisa added: “We just want to say a thank you to everybody. We can’t thank them enough. He had such an impact on people and I’m seeing and hearing it every day from people.
“It’s so over-whelming.”
Alex’s funeral details have yet to be finalised.