Candlelit vigil tribute for tragic Elie McIlwaine

Elie McIlwaine dreamed of becoming a doctor. Picture: contributed
Elie McIlwaine dreamed of becoming a doctor. Picture: contributed
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A CANDLELIT vigil has been held for a teenage girl who took her own life at her Pilton home.

Elie McIlwaine, 13, is understood to have died after taking an overdose of drugs on Thursday night.

The Broughton High School pupil is said to have dreamed of becoming a doctor.

In the wake of her death, dozens of friends gathered to pay tribute to the S2 pupil.

Some joined hands in a circle and held a minute’s silence while candles were arranged to spell out her name.

A Chinese lantern was also released.

A dress-down day is set to be held at Broughton High this Friday where pupils will be allowed to wear pink clothes – Elie’s favourite colour.

Police were called to her home on Royston Mains Street last Thursday night to investigate the circumstances of her death but said that the incident was “not believed to be suspicious”.

Her friends at Broughton High have been offered counselling to cope with the tragedy and many have taken to social media to pay tribute.

One close friend wrote on Facebook: “Hardest day to be fair.

“Saying goodbye to Elie for the last time.

“Hope you’re looking down and feeling proud of us all. Love you forever.”

Another wrote: “Minute silence for our angel, we all love you!

“Shine bright beautiful Xxxx.”

While one friend added: “R.I.P beautiful xxx sleep tight my angel xx can’t wait to see you again.”

Social media pages have also been set up in tribute to the teenager.

More than 700 people have “liked” an RIP Elie Facebook page, with one person writing: “I miss you so so so much and whenever I see your pics I cry and when I see everyone’s posts they make me burst into tears. Love you Elie and I wish I could see your beautiful smile again and your beautiful face and I wish I said bye before you left us.”

A spokesman for the school said they were “deeply saddened” at the news of Elie’s death and would be offering support to pupils and staff.

He said: “Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tragic time.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police in Edinburgh were called to an address in Royston Mains on Thursday, November 20, following the death of a teenage girl.

“The death is not believed to be suspicious.

“A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.”

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