Candlelit vigil held to remember Mikaeel Kular

A candlelit vigil was held in Muirhouse. Pic: Ian Georgeson

A candlelit vigil was held in Muirhouse. Pic: Ian Georgeson

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A candlelit vigil has been held to remember Mikaeel Kular a year on from the three-year-old’s death.

Residents gathered for a minute’s silence near the family’s former home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Muirhouse.

Mikaeel Kular.

Mikaeel Kular.

Hundreds joined search parties to look for Mikaeel after he was reported missing by his mother Rosdeep Adekoya last January.

The 34-year-old was jailed for 11 years in August after pleading guilty to the culpable homicide of her son, who died two days after being beaten repeatedly.

She put Mikaeel’s body in a suitcase and hid it 25 miles away in Kirkcaldy, before reporting him missing to police.

Those affected by the tragedy were invited to Linear Park in Muirhouse at 6pm for a candlelight vigil before a minute’s silence at 6.15pm.

Photographer Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360'Pic:  'Community Gathering 1 year on to remember Mikaeel Kular''16th January will never be the same for the community of North Edinburgh, on that day 1 year ago Mikaeel Kular was reported missing by his mother Rosdeep Adekoya.''How our community reacted was remarkable, search parties united to spend hours out in the cold trying to find Mikaeel.''After the tragic news of his death the community was numb, residents couldn't understand why! So many questions went unanswered.  Over 500 residents packed in to then Muirhouse St Andrews Church for a candle lit service taken by Deacon Helen Fisher.'''''One year on and residents are invited to join others at Linear Park on Muirhouse Park where a shrine of teddies and cards lay last year.Meet on Saturday the 17th of  January at 6pm'Light your candle ( Please take a candle with you)'A 1min silence will be observed at 6.15pm''Residents who can't attend are welcome to light a candle and observe the minute silence at home.'Please dr

Photographer Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360'Pic: 'Community Gathering 1 year on to remember Mikaeel Kular''16th January will never be the same for the community of North Edinburgh, on that day 1 year ago Mikaeel Kular was reported missing by his mother Rosdeep Adekoya.''How our community reacted was remarkable, search parties united to spend hours out in the cold trying to find Mikaeel.''After the tragic news of his death the community was numb, residents couldn't understand why! So many questions went unanswered. Over 500 residents packed in to then Muirhouse St Andrews Church for a candle lit service taken by Deacon Helen Fisher.'''''One year on and residents are invited to join others at Linear Park on Muirhouse Park where a shrine of teddies and cards lay last year.Meet on Saturday the 17th of January at 6pm'Light your candle ( Please take a candle with you)'A 1min silence will be observed at 6.15pm''Residents who can't attend are welcome to light a candle and observe the minute silence at home.'Please dr

Robert Pearson, chairman of Tenants and Residents in Muirhouse, is one of those who organised the event.

He said: “The residents feel it’s very important to hold this event. It’s only been 12 months since the tragic death of Mikaeel Kular and it’s still very raw in the community.

“Many people got involved and worked very closely with police and other agencies at the time. The community pulled together and that is exactly what we will do again this evening.”