GRIEVING Barry Khanan gave us these profiles of the Riaz family. Caneze and her four daughters were murdered in the blaze and heartbroken Adam died of leukaemia a few weeks later.


CANEZE was a member of 13 community groups. She was very jolly and happy and always a lot of fun.

She had a good sense of humour like Adam and would do anything for anybody.

She liked to do things for others rather than herself. She was always busy and hard-working which was probably a way of compensating for what was happening to her son.

Caneze was a typical big sister and she was very close to Barry, they had never been far away from each other.


HANNAH attended the SureStart Nursery on Dill Hall Lane.

She was very bright and forward and loved going to nursery to be with other children her age.

Hannah was the main centre of attention in the family.

She was very cheeky and loving and would always kiss your eyelids, nose and cheeks everytime she saw you, Hannah was very loving and cuddly.

But she could be a little madam sometimes and she always got her own way but was never selfish.

She loved Barbie and flashing trainers.

ADAM, 17

ADAM was into his guitars and he had six of them. He was also into skating, boarding and his BMX.

Adam was in a band called From the Ashes but he only played one gig before he became ill.

He was studying music at Blackburn College and his dream was to be in a proper band.

Over the last two years he had started plaiting his hair and was the opposite to what his father wanted him to be.

Adam was very clever but on paper he gave up and wasn't bothered about his results; he was more interested in his music.

He had a fantastic sense of humour and was often outrageous because he was open-minded.

He was always up for a laugh and always smiled.

Adam was very caring and a proper mummy's boy, he loved Caneze so much.

He was always hugging June and Hannah was the apple of his eye, he was her hero and he was even teaching her how to play guitar.

He was a real softy at heart but wasn't scared of doing things on his own.


A TOMBOY. She was happy-go-lucky and used to like roughing it a bit but she also liked some girly stuff.

She liked to wear jeans and trainers and was always laughing and giggling.

Along with Sayrah, she was training to be a mentor at Moorhead Sports College to help the younger pupils.

In sharp contrast to Sayrah, she loved rap music. She would write songs and she was full of fun.


SHE really embraced the Islamic way of life and she loved her Asian clothes and going to the mosque.

She was very chatty and never shut up.

Alicia was always talkative and hyperactive but she was also very helpful.

She was like the odd one out of the children in a way. She was very mischievous and she had all her life planned out.

She was going to go to college, get married and have children - she was a daddy's girl.

  • THE Khanan family would like to thank the following people: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Lancashire Constabulary, all the staff at Christie's, Iqbal Funeral Services, Barry's bosses at EDC Deluxe in Blackburn and all the family, friends and members of the community who have supported the family throughout this difficult time.