A young girl is in a critical condition in hospital after a suspected knife attack which left a 10-year-old boy dead.
Kane Morris was found dead inside a house in Coupar Angus in the early hours of Sunday morning.
An eight-year-old girl was found badly injured at the property in Union Street and taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, where she is fighting for her life.
Kane’s father, Karl Morris, was also found injured in the street near the house and it is understood he is being treated at a hospital in Edinburgh.
A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack on the two children but has not yet been charged by police.
It is understood Kane lived with Mr Morris, and that the youngster’s mother Laura Gillie lives just round the corner on Japp Square.
A neighbour said: “I heard that the police were called to the house where the dad lived.
“The mum stays close by. Nobody can take in what has happened. It’s surreal.
“My heart goes out to the family. I don’t know how they will ever get over this.”
Another neighbour said: “It’s unbelievable and devastating. No one can quite get to grips with what has happened.
“Everyone is talking about it. Everyone is praying the little girl pulls through.”
Resident John Galliano said: “The town is very subdued today. What has happened is shocking. Nobody can take it in.”
Another neighbour said: “This is a very sad day.”
Issuing a statement through police, Kane’s family paid tribute to the youngster.
It read: “Kane was a popular young boy within the community, he was full of energy and loved dearly by all.
“As you can understand, this is a devastating experience for us as a family.
“Although we appreciate all your well wishes, we ask for privacy at this highly sensitive time.”
Chief Inspector Ian Scott said there would be an increased police presence at the scene for “some time”.
One of Kane’s former teachers said today: “He had a wicked sense of humour – he was such a funny, happy little boy.
“I only taught him for a short time, but he just stands out so much – he was the kind of boy that made a mark on you.
“It is so horrible to think he’s gone.”
Detective Inspector Ross Fitzgerald from the major investigation team said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts at this time remain with those involved.”