POLICE have released a picture of the Hatton youngster who died after falling into a weir in Tutbury on Friday.
The family of Kai Lambe, from Heathway, in Hatton, have also spoken to the first time since the nine-year-old lost his life.
The statement said: "We are heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our vibrant, happy, bubbly little man, Kai Joseph (ginge to all who knew him).
“He was our ray of sunshine who brightened up the darkest day. We, as a family, are overwhelmed with the support of everyone in the close-knit village of Hatton and from people afar.
“He was always out and about, whether it was fishing, taking his beloved dogs for a walk with his dad or just in the village. He would smile and put his thumb up to everyone.”
“He was a much-loved son of Dawn and Ali, little brother of Ellie-May and Tom, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin and loved by many.
“RIP wee man.”
Officers were called out 6.15pm on Friday to the weir, near to Tutbury Mill on the River Dove, after receiving a report that a nine-year-old boy had slipped into the water and got into difficulty.
A spokesman from the force said: "He was rescued from the water by colleagues from the fire service and taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton where he sadly died.
"His death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for HM Coroner.
"Specially trained officers are now supporting the boy’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
"We are continuing to work with colleagues from the other emergency services to understand the exact circumstances of what happened.
"We are asking that if any member of the public has further information on the incident, that they contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 597 of Friday 22 August."