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Scots girl among 22 killed in Manchester terror attack

The family of Eilidh MacLeod have paid tribute to the 'vivacious' 14-year-old.

Eilidh MacLeod: The 14-year-old was at Ariana Grande gig.
Eilidh MacLeod: The 14-year-old was at Ariana Grande gig.

A Scottish schoolgirl has been confirmed as being among the 22 people killed in the Manchester terror attack.

Eilidh MacLeod, 14, travelled to the Ariana Grande concert with her friend Laura MacIntyre from Barra in the Western Isles.

The Castlebay Community School pupil’s family were informed on Wednesday that she was killed in the suicide bombing on Monday night.

Police have confirmed 22 people died and at least 64 others suffered injuries, with 23 people receiving “critical care.”

The 14-year-old’s parents issued a statement on Thursday morning paying tribute to their daughter, who they described as “vivacious and full of fun”.

In a statement released through Greater Manchester Police, her parents said: “Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh.

“Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band.

“As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time.”

Eilidh was brought up in Vatersay, a small island linked by a causeway to Barra, and her family moved to Castlebay about two years ago.

Annag Maclean, head teacher at Castlebay School, where Eilidh and Laura were in the same class, said: “Our worst fears have been realised. However, Eilidh, what she did and what she was will remain with each of us who knew her so well.

“Laura, who is very ill in hospital, is in our thoughts and prayers and we sincerely hope that she will make a full recovery and return to us soon.

“Our school and island community are in shock, feeling numb and struggling to come to terms with the deep sadness throughout our community.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Eilidh and Laura’s family and friends as they struggle to cope.”

Greater Manchester Police said formal identification has yet to take place.

Politicians reacted to news of the girl’s death on social media.

Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “This is heartbreaking news. My thoughts are with Eilidh’s mum and dad, and all of her family and friends.”

Ruth Davidson said: “Awful. The thoughts of the whole country will be with Eilidh’s family and friends.”

Angus MacNeil, the SNP’s candidate for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency, is a family friend of the girls.

He said: “Deeply tragic news announced that Barra’s Eilidh MacLeod lost her life in Monday night’s Manchester bombing.”

Island: Flag flying at half mast in Barra. STV

The news of Eilidh’s death came after it was confirmed Laura, 15, was “seriously ill” in hospital following the explosion.

Eilidh’s mother Marion travelled down to Manchester with the 14-year-old.

The last contact she had with her daughter was when she texted her to inform her Ariana Grande was performing her last song, which was around the time of the blast at 10.35pm.

Mrs MacLeod was joined by other relatives in Manchester as they anxiously waited for news of Eilidh.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to support the families of the two girls.

The page, set up by the charity Voluntary Action Barra and Vatersay, has so far raised more than £16,000.


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