Statement issued over Marelle tragedy by grieving parents

A statement has been released by the heartbroken family who have lost a daughter and a grandson-to-be following a tragedy that rocked Scotland last month.

Teacher Marelle Sturrock (35) was found dead by police in her home in Glasgow’s Craigton on Tuesday, April 25. She was 29 weeks pregnant.

Marelle who came from Wick in Caithness had lived in Glasgow since she was 17 after moving south to study drama and performance arts.

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Her devastated parents Colin and Lorna Sturrock have released the following statement through Police Scotland and poignantly revealed that their unborn grandchild had already been given his nameIt reads: “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."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."

A hunt was launched for her fiance David Yates (36) whose body was later found in the reservoir at Mugdock Country Park. He was the only suspect in Marelle’s murder.