THE body of a man believed to have slaughtered his wife and four daughters by torching their house has been flown back to his native Pakistan.
Mohammed Riaz, 49, was pulled from the blazing house in Tremellen Street, Accrington, and resuscitated but died in hospital two days later after sustaining severe burns.
His body was taken to his family's village of Hazro Attock, in the North West of the Punjab province in Pakistan, last Friday.
Two close friends accompanied him on the flight from Birmingham to Islamabad and then on to his parents and family.
The tragedy, which rocked Accrington to the core, claimed the lives of popular community worker Caneze Riaz and her daughters Sayrah, 16, Sophia, 15, Alicia, 10, and Hannah, three.
They were buried at Accrington Cemetery last week after an emotional funeral service attended by hundreds of people, including only son Adam, 17, who escaped the carnage because he was in hospital battling leukaemia.
Chief Inspector Neil Hunter, handling the police probe, said the house was no longer being treated as a crime scene and they were awaiting the results of forensic tests which would then be passed on to the coroner.
Police said they would not be making any further statement until the inquest but it has been speculated that a breakdown of the Riazs' marriage may have sparked the tragedy.
It is thought that Mr Riaz may have felt increasingly alienated as Caneze and the girls embraced a more liberalised, western lifestyle.
His former work colleagues at Koverplant, a plastics factory in Blackburn, said they were upset by what had happened.
One said: "He was a very well-liked person who had been here for a very long time."
Meanwhile, a special memorial evening has been organised by school friends of Sayrah and Sophia, who attended Moorhead Sports College, where Sayrah was deputy head girl, and also for Alicia, who was a pupil at Hyndburn Park Primary School.
Mr Andrew Bateman, headteacher of Moorhead, said: "Staff and students are coping very well but for some pupils the deaths are still very raw and it's hard for them to come to terms with what has happened.
"The loss is greatest in the girls' classes where their friends have to do group or partner work without them. It's then that the loss is more poignant.
"Everyone wants to remember the family and on Wednesday a number of boys were busy planting daffodil bulbs up the drive into school.
"The pupils wanted to do something that would be a lasting reminder and they are also thinking about building a seat or sun dial in their memory."
The memorial evening will be held at Moorhead on Wednesday and is being organised alongside staff and pupils at Hyndburn Park School.
Community groups and members of the public are also invited to the ceremony at 6pm, when the whole family will be celebrated through people recounting their memories.