Dev­as­tat­ing loss for ‘self­less’ dad

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY RICHARD VERNALLS

Co-work­ers of a “gen­uinely won­der­ful” fa­ther thought to have lost his wife and two sons in a deadly ex­plo­sion have set up a fundrais­ing page for his fam­ily.

Col­leagues of care worker Jose Ra­goobeer, whose wife Mary and two teenage sons Shane, 18, and 17-yearold Sean were vic­tims of the Le­ices­ter blast, have launched a just­giv­ing site.

The 58-year-old has since been at the bed­side of his sur­viv­ing son, Scotty, 15, ac­cord­ing to his boss, Lola Ojomo.

The ex­plo­sion de­stroyed a ground-floor shop and an up­stairs two-storey flat in Hinck­ley Road, where Mr Ra­goobeer’s fam­ily lived, on Sun­day night.

Ms Ojomo, who is di­rec­tor at Pure Home­care in Le­ices­ter, said: “Jose is an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic guy. He’s one of those guys who would do the job for free.”

She added that staff all felt com­pelled to help “self­less” Mr Ra­goobeer, who has found him­self with no home or pos­ses­sions, and three of his im­me­di­ate fam­ily of­fi­cially listed as “miss­ing” by po­lice.

The re­mains of five peo­ple have so far been re­cov­ered from the scene, with emer­gency ser­vices ear­lier rul­ing out find­ing any more sur­vivors amid the wreck­age.

Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice said no for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion had yet taken place fol­low­ing the col­lapse and later fire, and that the process would take time.

Mrs Ra­joobeer, 46, and her sons, along with Leah Reek, thought to be a girl­friend of one of the teenagers, and 22-year-old Vik­torija Ljevl­eva, be­lieved to have been work­ing in the store at the time, are all still miss­ing.

A cause for the blast is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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