Hundreds of well-wishers release red balloons at vigil for Logan, five, who was found dead in river

Hundreds of well-wishers released red balloons into the sky today at a vigil next to a river bank where five-year-old Logan was found dead. 

Children in fancy dress, bright clothes and blowing bubbles marked the life and tragic death of little Logan Mwangi – also known to his friends as Logan Williamson.

Villagers crowded next to the waters of the River Ogmore where Logan was pulled dead from the water with multiple injuries including a torn liver, an internal head injury and a broken collarbone a week ago. 

Step-father John Cole, 39, has been accused of murdering Logan and perverting the course of justice. 

Mother Angharad Williamson, 30, and a youth have also been charged with perverting the course of justice.  

Villagers crowded next to the waters of the River Ogmore in South Wales, where five-year-old Logan was found dead a week ago

Villagers crowded next to the waters of the River Ogmore in South Wales, where five-year-old Logan was found dead a week ago

Villagers crowded next to the waters of the River Ogmore in South Wales, where five-year-old Logan was found dead a week ago

More than 300 people set off red balloons into the sky at a vigil today next to a river bank where Logan's body was dumped

More than 300 people set off red balloons into the sky at a vigil today next to a river bank where Logan's body was dumped

More than 300 people set off red balloons into the sky at a vigil today next to a river bank where Logan’s body was dumped 

Detectives investigating the death of five year old Logan Mwangi from Sarn, Bridgend have charged three people

Detectives investigating the death of five year old Logan Mwangi from Sarn, Bridgend have charged three people

Detectives investigating the death of five year old Logan Mwangi from Sarn, Bridgend have charged three people

Flowers and teddy bears were today left near Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend, close to where the body of Logan Mwangi was discovered last weekend

Flowers and teddy bears were today left near Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend, close to where the body of Logan Mwangi was discovered last weekend

Flowers and teddy bears were today left near Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend, close to where the body of Logan Mwangi was discovered last weekend

One of the many tributes that were left in memory of the tragic five-year-old who was found dead in a river last weekend

One of the many tributes that were left in memory of the tragic five-year-old who was found dead in a river last weekend

One of the many tributes that were left in memory of the tragic five-year-old who was found dead in a river last weekend

A tribute reads: 'Sweet dreams Logan, thinking of all family and friends at this tragic time, sleep peacefully beautiful boy'

A tribute reads: 'Sweet dreams Logan, thinking of all family and friends at this tragic time, sleep peacefully beautiful boy'

A tribute reads: ‘Sweet dreams Logan, thinking of all family and friends at this tragic time, sleep peacefully beautiful boy’

Locals releasing balloons near Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend, close to where the body of Logan Mwangi was discovered last weekend

Locals releasing balloons near Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend, close to where the body of Logan Mwangi was discovered last weekend

Locals releasing balloons near Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend, close to where the body of Logan Mwangi was discovered last weekend

Cole, Williamson, and the youth are set to face a four-week trial next year to decide on their part in the tragic death of ‘cheeky boy’ Logan.  

A court previously heard the youngster suffered ‘extreme pain’ in an attack before he was found following a search.

He was reported missing at around 5.45am on Saturday from his home in the village of Sarn, near Bridgend in South Wales.

Police pulled his body from the Ogmore River which lies close to the family’s flat. 

He was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend where he was confirmed dead.

Cole and Williamson became engaged less than three months ago – and little Logan was excited at becoming a pageboy. 

Emotional villagers hug as they attend a vigil for five-year-old Logan Mwangi who was found dead a week ago

Emotional villagers hug as they attend a vigil for five-year-old Logan Mwangi who was found dead a week ago

Emotional villagers hug as they attend a vigil for five-year-old Logan Mwangi who was found dead a week ago

A well-wisher dressed as Spider-Man carries a balloon reading 'Garw Valley Spider-Man' at a vigil for five-year-old Logan Mwangi

A well-wisher dressed as Spider-Man carries a balloon reading 'Garw Valley Spider-Man' at a vigil for five-year-old Logan Mwangi

A well-wisher dressed as Spider-Man carries a balloon reading ‘Garw Valley Spider-Man’ at a vigil for five-year-old Logan Mwangi

Children in fancy dress, bright clothes and blowing bubbles marked the life and tragic death of little Logan Mwangi - also known to his friends as Logan Williamson

Children in fancy dress, bright clothes and blowing bubbles marked the life and tragic death of little Logan Mwangi - also known to his friends as Logan Williamson

Children in fancy dress, bright clothes and blowing bubbles marked the life and tragic death of little Logan Mwangi – also known to his friends as Logan Williamson

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered on the banks of the River Ogmore, where Logan's body was found a week ago, to mark his short life

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered on the banks of the River Ogmore, where Logan's body was found a week ago, to mark his short life

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered on the banks of the River Ogmore, where Logan’s body was found a week ago, to mark his short life

Children in fancy dress, bright clothes and blowing bubbles marked the life and tragic death of little Logan Mwangi - also known to his friends as Logan Williamson

Children in fancy dress, bright clothes and blowing bubbles marked the life and tragic death of little Logan Mwangi - also known to his friends as Logan Williamson

Children in fancy dress, bright clothes and blowing bubbles marked the life and tragic death of little Logan Mwangi – also known to his friends as Logan Williamson

A provisional trial date for all three was set for January 31 next year with a time estimate of four weeks.

Following their arrests, South Wales Police detective chief inspector Mark O’Shea said: ‘This is a very harrowing case for all involved and I extend my deepest sympathies to Logan’s family and friends.

‘This remains an extensive and sensitive investigation by the major crime investigation team and I am grateful to the local community for its support and understanding while we have continued to gather evidence across several scenes.

‘Legal proceedings are now under way and I want to remind everyone to avoid speculation which may prejudice this investigation.

‘We continue to appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to the incident to contact the major crime investigation team.’ 

Angharad Williamson, the mother of Logan, with her partner Jay Cole have both been charged

Angharad Williamson, the mother of Logan, with her partner Jay Cole have both been charged

Angharad Williamson, the mother of Logan, with her partner Jay Cole have both been charged

A van arrived at Cardiff Magistrates Court believed to be bringing the three charged to court

A van arrived at Cardiff Magistrates Court believed to be bringing the three charged to court

A van arrived at Cardiff Magistrates Court believed to be bringing the three charged to court

A police diver surfaces in the bank of river Ogmore in Lower Llansantffraid near Bridgend

A police diver surfaces in the bank of river Ogmore in Lower Llansantffraid near Bridgend

A police diver surfaces in the bank of river Ogmore in Lower Llansantffraid near Bridgend

Young pals of little Logan have been among those leaving hundreds of tributes including flowers, cards, and soft toys at a riverside bridge nearby.

Parents of his reception class have broken the news of Logan ‘going to see the angels in heaven’ – and asked about their memories of the playful boy.

One attached to flowers said: ‘RIP Logan, such a beautiful little soul taken way too soon. You will be dearly missed. Sleep tight my lovely. Until we meet again!’

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