Two teenage schoolgirls, one was confirmed dead and the other was undergoing treatment for injuries, have been identified on Wednesday following Manchester bomber attack.
The family of Eilidh MacLeod have had their blood curdled as their teenage daughter was missing after Manshester terrorist attack news spread.
Laura MacIntyre, 15, who is a friend of MacLeod, was with her in the concert and was gravely injured and is undergoing treatment in a Manchester hospital.
Greater Manchester Police announced on Wednesday all the victims identified.
On Thursday, Eilidh’s parents released a statement, paying tribute to their late daughter.
It 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.”
Earlier, both families if the two girls have been desperately searching for the daughter after they lost contact with then after the attack.
Eilidh and Laura were both students at Castlebay Community School and their headteacher sadly announced that the news hit everyone like ton of bricks.
Annag Maclean said: “The recent incident in Manchester was a planned and violent act targeted at young people enjoying a social event.
“Our school and island community are in shock, feeling numb and struggling to come to terms with it.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Eilidh and Laura, their family and friends as they struggle to cope.
“As headteacher, I am confident that our school and our community will continue to support Eilidh and Laura’s families.
“I have worked with my colleagues in the authority and other agencies to ensure that all necessary support is available to staff and pupils.”
Catholic Bishop shows support
Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles Brian McGee headed to the island to see the girls’ families.
He said: “This is a time of terrible anguish for the MacLeod and MacIntyre families.
“Spending time with the relatives of both girls was a reminder of the human cost of acts of terror.
“Such acts leave families broken, lives scarred and innocence destroyed. My thoughts and prayers are with the families at this traumatic time.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that Police Scotland family liaison officers showed support to the both families.