Heartbroken family devastated by death of only daughter

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

The heartbroken family of a young Irish woman have issued an emotional request to be left alone to grieve for their only daughter.

Karen Buckley (24) was last seen in the early hours on Sunday after leaving Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow’s West End.

Police have confirmed Karen’s body was discovered by officers at High Craigton Farm on the outskirts of Milngavie on Wednesday.

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr, the officer leading the inquiry, said: “We cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering of Karen’s family and friends and all our thoughts are with them at this very sad time.

“We would like publicly to thank everyone for their support to the investigation. This case has attracted a significant amount of public interest here in Scotland and in Ireland, and the response and support from the community in Glasgow and beyond has been very, very helpful.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone including the news media, for their immense support throughout.”

Karen was a student at Glasgow Caledonian University where she was studying occupational therapy.

Her mum and dad, John and Marian had travelled to Glasgow from County Cork earlier this week following news of their only daughter’s disappearance.

An emotional and poignant statement issued by Karen’s devastated family was read out by DS Kerr.

In it Mr Buckley said: “Marian and I, together with our sons Brendan, Kieran and Damian, are absolutely heartbroken. Karen was our only daughter, cherished by our family and loved by her friends.

“She was an outgoing girl who travelled the world, where she met lots of people, and thoroughly enjoyed her life. We will miss her terribly.

“We would be very grateful if we could be left alone now to grieve with our family and friends.”

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Karen’s death and was due to appear in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court today (Friday).

A candlelit vigil in memory of karen is being held in Glasgow’s George Square, later today (Friday).