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Marelle Sturrock parents in 'total shock' following death of daughter and unborn grandson

The family of a popular Glasgow teacher who was murdered along with her unborn son has spoken for the first time since her death describing her as 'the happiest person you could ever meet'.

Marelle Sturrock was found dead at her home on Jura Street in Govan on the morning on April 25. She was 29-weeks pregnant with her first child who also died in the incident.

Her partner David Yates was wanted in connection with her death before his body was recovered in the reservoir at Mugdock Park on April 28.

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Marelle's parents Colin and Lorna Sturrock have said she and David 'doted on each other' with the incident coming as a 'total shock'.

In a statement released through Police Scotland they said: "We are devastated following the deaths of our daughter, Marelle, and soon-to-be grandson, Jayden Sturrock.

“Marelle was the happiest person you could ever meet and was always looking to help others the best she could.

“Marelle and her partner doted on each other, and this incident has come as a total shock to all who knew her."

They added: "We would like to thank family and friends, colleagues at Sandwood Primary School, Police Scotland officers, both in the Highlands and Glasgow, for their efforts and comforting support following our tragic event.

“Our family would like everyone, including the press, to respect our privacy at this very sad and difficult time."

Marelle was a popular member of the teaching staff at Sandwood Primary School in Penilee where she was described as a "lovely, kind, diligent and considerate person".

Fiona Donnelly, Headteacher at Sandwood Primary School paid tribute to much-loved Marelle and her dedication to the children and school.

She said: "Marelle has been a much-loved member of our school community since her probationary year more than six years ago and has taught many year groups throughout her time at the school.

"We will all miss her so much.

"She was a lovely, kind, diligent and considerate person who loved and made time for everyone.

"Marelle used her artistic talents across the school and was our music champion who has been a key player in the success of our school choirs; with one of her classes going to see her on stage at The King’s in one of her many acting roles outside of school.

"We are a school community in mourning and are devasted by the tragic news of her death and pass on our deepest condolences to her family and friends as we all come to terms with our loss.”

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Police Scotland spokesman said: “As this is being investigated by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) we are unable to comment further.”


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