Thursday 24 August 2017

How courage of Karen's family shone through the darkness

John Buckley hugs his wife Marian Buckley and their three sons outside Glasgow High Court
John Buckley hugs his wife Marian Buckley and their three sons outside Glasgow High Court

Patricia Casey

It would take a heart of steel not to be deeply moved by the speech of John Buckley, father of Karen, who was murdered in Glasgow in April as she walked home from a nightclub.

Speaking to a crowd of reporters in front of the court in Glasgow, where Alexander Pacteau this week pleaded guilty to her murder, Mr Buckley spoke from the heart.

He was surrounded by his wife and family and what he said also reflected their emotions. He was understandably tired and from the inflections in his voice there was a palpable sense of weariness and emptiness in his world. And so there was also in the rest of the family, as they stood around each other and at the conclusion hugged and formed a protective circle.

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