Tributes paid to ‘precious, fun-loving’ Kayla, eight
AN EIGHT-YEAR- OLD girl who died during an incident near Benderloch at the weekend has been described by her parents as loving ‘music and dance as well as doing hair, nails and make-up’.
Kayla MacDonald, a pupil at the Rockfield Gaelic-medium unit in Oban, died at the scene of the incident on a forestry path on Sunday. She was a fluent Gaelic speaker.
The well-loved daughter was home for the weekend after spending most of the summer holidays on the island of Tiree.
Last Friday the youngster won the much- coveted prize for young stockperson’s best cross-bred ewe lamb suitable for breeding, the Annie Cameron Cup for the overall champion in the cattle and sheep sections.
Kayla also won the reserve prize for the best young handler at Tiree Agricultural Show.
People who knew Kayla have talked about her beauty, her kindness and the joy it was to be in her company both as a pupil at school and as a childhood friend.
Kayla, who has two younger brothers, lived in Dunbeg, though her family has a long association with Tiree.
Families and friends, who said they will ‘miss her dearly’, were joined by people from all over the world who mourned the loss of the ‘fun-loving’ youngster who passed away in the tragic accident.
Kayla’s family said: ‘ Kayla was a precious, fun-loving eight-year- old who was loved by everyone around her. Kayla’s smile would light up a room.’
Her family issued a statement saying: ‘ Our wee girl loved music and dance as well as doing hair, nails and make-up. Kayla has two younger brothers who, along with the rest of her family and friends, will miss her dearly.’
A statement from Police Scotland said: ‘ Around 2.20pm, police and emergency services were called to a report that a young girl had been trapped under logs in a forest area at Benderloch and that another 12-yearold girl had also been injured.
‘Kayla was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘The 12-year- old girl was taken to Oban hospital before being transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow for treatment.
‘Medical staff describe her condition as stable.
‘A joint investigation between Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive will take place to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death.
‘However, it is not being treated as suspicious.
‘A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.
‘It is understood the 12-year- old, who remains in hospital, is a relative of Kayla.
‘The youngsters are believed to have been on a walk with family when the incident happened.’
A spokesperson for Forest Enterprise Scotland said: ‘Our thoughts are with the family and their friends at this very difficult time and we offer them our deepest condolences.
‘We will now focus on working with the site contractor, Tilhill Forestry, and the Health and Safety Executive as investigations into this tragic incident continue.’ GAELIC singer and songwriter Claire Jordan, who was Kayla’s teacher, wrote a poetic tribute to Kayla, entitled Sleep Tight, Little Angel. Nighean bheag, bhòidheach, bhàin, Làn beatha, aighear ‘s spòrs, Pearsantachd cho mòr ris a’ bheinn, ‘S tu bha cho coibhneil, còir. Sùilean dealrach ris na reultan, Gruag mar a’ ghrian òir-bhuidh’ Fiamh- ghàire mhòr, èibhneas, Cadal socair, sàmhach nis, a’ luaidh. ‘S muladach sinn as d’ aonais, Do bhàs air ar leòn, Sgèith cho àrd a-nis, a’ luaidh, Cho árd ris na h- eòin. ‘S tu a-nis nad rionnag, àrd Shuas anns na speuran, Tha nèamh air aingeal eile fhaighinn, Chan urrainn dhuinn a’ creidsinn. Cha bhith faclan idir ann, As urrainn dhuinn a ràdh, Ach bidh thu na ar smuaintean, Gu sìor-sìorraidh – Oidhche Mhath. Sleep tight, little angel
Beautiful little fair-haired girl Full of life, joy and fun, Personality as big as the mountain, You were so generous and kind. Eyes bright as the stars, Hair locks like the golden sun Great, joyful smiles; Sleep peacefully, quiet now, loved one. We are sad without you, Your passing has wounded us, Fly so high now, loved one, As high as the birds. You are now a star High up in the sky, Heaven has gained another angel. It is hard for us to believe it. There are no words at all That we can say, But you shall be in our thoughts, Eternally – good night. Sleep tight, little angel.
Little Kayla MacDonald was pictured as recently as Friday at the Tiree Show with her dad Alastair ‘Ettie’ and her brother Ruairidh.