An un­speak­able tragedy

The Oban Times - - Districts -

THERE was an over­whelm­ing out­pour­ing of grief fol­low­ing the tragic death of lit­tle Kayla MacDon­ald a few days ago.

Kayla, who was just eight years old and from Dun­beg, with strong fam­ily ties to Tiree, died af­ter an accident near Ben­der­loch.

This dread­ful loss fol­lows so soon af­ter Eilidh MacLeod, the teenager from Barra, was killed in the Manch­ester arena bomb­ing.

Our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and the is­lands have been rocked to their core by th­ese shat­ter­ing events but there has been a tidal wave of sym­pa­thy and sup­port from all over Ar­gyll and Isles, as well as fur­ther afield.

Peo­ple have been vis­i­bly shaken by Kayla’s death, and emo­tions have been left raw. One of the re­sponses that res­onated with me was how of­ten peo­ple re­act­ing on so­cial me­dia used the phrase ‘no words’. It was gen­uinely an un­speak­able tragedy.

I can­not begin to imag­ine the pain that Kayla’s fam­ily are suf­fer­ing but I offer my sin­cer­est condolences.

One no­table con­se­quence was the de­ci­sion to can­cel this year’s Lorn Agri­cul­tural Show, which was to have taken place this Satur­day, Au­gust 5.

The show was called off as a mark of re­spect to the MacDon­ald fam­ily fol­low­ing their griev­ous loss.

It was the cor­rect de­ci­sion.

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