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Family Pay Tribute To 'Amazing Girl
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of popular teenager Kiera Beagle who collapsed during a PE lesson on Thursday.
Family, friends, fellow pupils, teachers and members of the community said a final farewell to the 13-year-old whose death has been described as “unexplained”.
The service was held in Calderhead Erskine Church, in her home town of Shotts.
Kiera’s tragic death came after she fainted in the gym hall at Calderhead High School on Thursday, May 26.
First-aiders tried to help and the school’s defibrillator was used.
She was flown by air ambulance helicopter to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow and then transferred to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, in the city’s Govan area.
But sadly Kiera died just before 4pm that day.
A death certificate states that it was a result of “Sudden Unexplained Death” and is “pending the results of further investigations.”
Kiera’s mum Lauren Beagle, who works as a clerical assistant, and her dad Christopher Lamond McNally, a postman, are both listed on the certificate as her parents and the document, which was registered last Thursday, was signed by her uncle, Alex Beagle.
Just days before, he had taken to Facebook to upload photographs of Kiera as a baby and thank friends for their support.
The uncle, who lives with his wife Laura in Motherwell, wrote: “We would just like to say on behalf of our family how touched we are for everyone’s kind words, thoughts and prayers.
“This is the hardest thing we have ever had to go through and we can’t thank you enough for your support. Our beautiful niece was an amazing girl with her whole life ahead of her and we were so blessed to have her in our lives, it is just so cruel and unfair that she was taken so soon! You will always be in our hearts, love you forever Kieraboo.”
Kiera’s mum Lauren also uploaded an emotive photograph of her with her daughter, who was due to celebrate her 14th birthday next month, in tribute to the tragic teen.
After uploading the photograph – which was taken at a family wedding to her Facebook page – friends left messages of support.
The photograph captures an intimate moment in which the mum and daughter duo are wearing identical purple bridesmaid dresses and look blissfully happy.
After Kiera’s death, friends and family changed their Facebook profile pictures to a purple heart to pay tribute to the popular secondary year pupil.
Last week, her family, friends and fellow pupils united to pay their respects to the popular schoolgirl by releasing purple balloons in to the air in the ground’s of Calderhead High.
Among Kiera’s family were her shattered mum, Lauren and her grandmother Elaine Black.
Her devastated friends were in tears as they released balloons in to the air in memory of their friend. Many of the people there were dressed in purple or in bright colours to celebrate Kiera’s young life.
They listened to music playing as they gathered for more than an hour before a speech was made by head teacher John Robertson.
Shotts councillor Tommy Cochrane, who attended the vigil, said the whole community pulled together to pay their respect to Kiera. He said: “It was very touching. I felt for the family.
“It was a difficult time for them but they would have taken some comfort from the community pulling together.
“It makes me proud of Shotts to see the community uniting together at times like this.
“I am heartfelt sorry what happened to the young girl.”
Councillor Charlie Cefferty added: “My heartfelt sympathies go to her family who have indeed given us an angel”.
An online fundraising page was also set up by friend James Allen to help her family.
The Go Fund Me page, titled RIP Kiera, was set up features a picture of a purple heart with the hashtag #FLYHIGHKIERA.
Within days more than £5000 was raised for Kiera’s family.