Family of murdered student Karen Buckley thank Scots for their support

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

The family of murdered Irish student Karen Buckley have thanked people in Scotland for their “huge outpouring of support and sympathy”.

A major police search was launched for the 24-year-old who went missing after leaving a nightclub in Glasgow on April 11. Her body was found four days later at a farm near Milngavie.

Ms Buckley’s father John said the family was “grateful” for the support shown during “this terrible time”.

Alexander Pacteau, 21, from Glasgow, has been charged with her murder.

After Karen disappeared her parents, John and Marian. travelled to Scotland from Cork and said they were touched by the support they had received.

In a statement issued through the Irish Examiner, Mr Buckley said: “We are very grateful for all the support and messages of sympathy we received from so many people from all over Scotland at this terrible time for our family.

“People have been extremely helpful to us right from the moment we discovered that Karen was missing.

“We would like to thank everybody in Scotland who helped us in any way.

Mr Buckley said: “People have been very good to us and it means a lot.

“The Scottish police were wonderful and very professional right through it all.

He said some police officers “took the trouble to travel to Ireland for Karen’s funeral”, and added: “It was a very kind and thoughtful thing to do.”

Ms Buckley was reported missing by friends on Sunday 12 April when she failed to return after leaving Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow’s west end the previous night.

The 24-year-old’s body was found at High Craigton Farm, near Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, following a four-day search.

About 300 people attended a vigil in Glasgow’s George Square in April, including her parents.

Ms Buckley, a qualified nurse, moved to Scotland in February and was studying occupational therapy at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Mr Buckley said: “We will never forget the huge outpouring of support and sympathy we got when we were in Scotland, it was incredible.

“We want to thank everybody who took part in the search for Karen and the hundreds of people who turned out for the vigil in George Square.

“We are extremely upset that Karen will never have the chance to live out her life, travel more and pursue her career in occupational therapy.

“That maybe someday she could have a family of her own and enjoy a happy and eventful life, which is what she would have wanted.

“We are still in shock and disbelief and it sometimes feels like all of this isn’t real.”

Mr Pacteau is also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

He made no plea or declaration when he made his second appearance at Glasgow Sheriff Court in April and was remanded in custody.