Bailey Gwynne: vigil held in local church and 16-year-old boy due to appear in court

The BBC is reporting that a vigil has been held in an Aberdeen church for 16-year-old Bailey Gwynne, who died after suffering stab injuries at his school, as another 16-year-old boy from the school is due to appear in court today.

Cults Parish Church was packed with local people for the service.

Earlier, a 16-year-old boy was charged over Bailey’s death at Cults Academy on Wednesday afternoon.

Church of Scotland minister the Reverend Ewen Gilchrist encouraged people at the vigil to write a message on boards around the church.

He said they could also leave a note of condolence and support for Bailey’s family on a “prayer tree”.

Mr Gilchrist said: “Bailey Gwynne’s family will hear about this and the number of people here and hopefully it will give them a bit of light in the darkness.

“We don’t want to fill the vigil time with words. We don’t tell people what to feel or what to think. 

“But we do want to provide a safe and healing place where people can bring their hurt, their bewilderment, their questions, their sadness and even their anger.”

Police Scotland said the charged teenager was expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Relatives of Bailey said in a statement: “There are no words. Bailey is our beloved boy and our heart. Our hearts have gone with him.”

It added: “A special son, brother, grandson and friend – he never failed to make us smile (most of the time). He will always be our boy.

“We don’t know what we will do without our junior ‘man about the house’.

“We need time now to look after each other and send our love to all those who care for Bailey…”

More at: Cults Academy: Bailey Gwynne vigil held in local church

 

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