Mourners gather at funeral for pregnant teacher murdered by fiance

Marelle Sturrock and her unborn son, Jayden, were laid to rest at Dundee Crematorium on Friday.

Marelle Sturrock: Respects paid at funeral for pregnant Glasgow teacher murdered by fiance Police Scotland

The funeral of a pregnant teacher who was murdered in a Glasgow flat by her fiance has taken place in Dundee.

Marelle Sturrock, who was 29 weeks pregnant with her unborn baby boy Jayden at the time of her death, was laid to rest at Dundee Crematorium on Friday.

The 35-year-old’s body was discovered in a property on Jura Street shortly after 8.40am on April 25.

Mourners gathered inside and outside the crematorium on Friday afternoon, where there was a significant police presence.

Marelle Sturrock.Facebook

In a death notice, her family asked those attending to donate money to children’s charities in place of flowers.

The notice read: “On Tuesday, April 25, 2023, Marelle, aged 35 years and son-to-be, Jayden Sturrock.

“Beloved daughter of Colin and Lorna, much-loved sister of Clare and Sarah, dearly loved granddaughter of Dorothy and the late Grant Sturrock, loving sister-in-law of Evan and Richard and a loving aunt.

“Funeral service, in Dundee Crematorium, on Friday, May 26, at 12.30pm, to which all family and friends are respectfully invited.

“Family flowers only, please, but donations if desired, may be made to various children’s charities at the crematorium.”

Marelle’s parents, Colin and Lorna, said they were “devastated” following the deaths of their daughter and of their unborn grandson, Jayden.

David Yates, her partner, was wanted by police in connection with the murder of the teacher, but officers later discovered his body in Mugdock Country Park on Thursday evening after a wide-ranging search.

Police said Yates’ death was not being treated as suspicious.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC), Scotland’s police watchdog, is conducting a probe into Ms Sturrock’s death and the subsequent investigation.

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