Warm tributes paid after student’s death

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The head teacher at Webster’s High School has paid tribute to a talented and popular former pupil who was found dead in Glasgow.

Staff at the school heard of the tragic death of 20-year-old Meryl McMartin when they broke for the summer holidays on Thursday.

The popular student, who has been described as a “much loved and precious” daughter, died near Glasgow’s city centre. She was found on New City Road, near the M8 at St George’s Road, shortly before 8 p.m. on June 20.

Meryl was studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and was just completing her third year at the University of Glasgow.

Dr Rob Aitken, head of the university’s School of Life Sciences, said staff and students were shocked by the tragic news.

He said: “The Life Sciences community at the university is large but close-knit and staff and students from Meryl’s class are deeply saddened by her tragic death.

“Meryl was a popular, sociable member of her third-year class.

“She was doing well in her studies and had the grades required to progress to the final year of study on our BSc programme in Molecular and Cellular Biology. It was quite evident to staff that Meryl had the ability to produce work of high quality and there was every prospect that, had she returned next year to complete her honours degree, she would have done well.”

Mr Eric Summers, head teacher at Webster’s High School, also spoke of a talented, popular pupil who excelled both academically and in sports.

He said: “Meryl was a very lively, outgoing girl. She was intelligent, had a lot of friends and was a very good athlete. She was athletics champion at the school.

“She had a lot going for her in terms of personality, academically and in the sporting field.

“We were delighted to see her going off to university and were pretty confident she would get a good degree and continue to take part in sport.

“This tragedy has come completely out of the blue and has shaken us quite a bit. The thoughts of the school are very much with her parents and the two older children.”

Meryl’s funeral took place on Wednesday at Kirriemuir Old Parish Church.

A spokesman for the Greater Glasgow division of Police Scotland confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the sudden death.

Meryl is survived by her parents, Stuart and Diane, brother Philip and sister Verity.