Family of Karen Buckley arrive at Glasgow vigil
Published 17/04/2015 | 17:43
The family of Karen Buckley have arrived at a vigil in Glasgow city centre this evening to remember the beloved Irish student.
Around 800 people gathered for the vigil in George Square in Glasgow and laid flower bouquets at the public tribute to the 24-year-old.
Karen's parents John and Marian were accompanied by one of her older brothers.
They were greeted by members of the public who hugged and embraced them.
Mrs Buckley was inconsolable as she wept openly during the tribute.
Glasgow Caledonian University's GAA team held candles while bagpipes played music during the event.
The Mayor of Glasgow offered her condolences to the family.
Former Scottish Socialist politician, Rosie Kane, who organised the vigil said the people will demand a safer city for women in Glasgow.
“She put on her best clothes, and she went to have a great time and dance just like any other girl her age, and she never came home", she told RTE's Six One News.
“Everyone was really upset. Then people started to arrive with flowers and candles... We had a piper playing and he played a Limerick lament and we had a singer who played an Irish blessing.”
She said the aim of the vigil was “just to say that a black and horrible thing happened here in Glasgow to a beautiful young woman.”
She commended the courage shown by Karen’s parents Marian and John, who attended the vigil with of Karen's brothers. Karen's parents received hugs from many people who offered their condolences.
Politicians took time out of campaigning earlier today to offer their condolences to the Buckley family.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: ''My thoughts are very much with the family and friends of Karen Buckley.''
Jim Murphy began Labour's Scottish manifesto launch in Glasgow by saying: "My thoughts and the thoughts of everyone in the room go out to Karen's family. None of us can in anyway imagine the pain and horror that they are going through.
"Glasgow and Scotland stands with you."