THE death certificate for tragic Keane Wallis-Bennett has revealed the 12-year-old died from “multiple injuries” after a modesty wall collapsed on to her at Liberton High.
Signed by her mother and obtained by the Evening News from a registrar in the Capital, the document lays out in stark fashion the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of the youngster at 10.32am last Tuesday.
Cause of death has been entered simply as “Multiple injuries” and “Collapse of internal brick wall”.
The release of Keane’s death certificate following a post-mortem means her parents – restaurant chef Clark Bennett and catering assistant Abbie Wallis – have been able to finalise arrangements for a funeral service.
The funeral, to which all are welcome, will take place next Thursday at 11am in the main chapel of Mortonhall Crematorium.
In a brief and poignant public notice, family members have paid tribute to the popular and hard-working schoolgirl who was taken so suddenly from them.
The notice, published in today’s Evening News, states: “Tragically taken from her loving family, on April 1, 2014, aged 12 years, Keane, a much loved and treasured daughter of Abbie and Clark, loving sister to Ryan, Kirsty and Rebecca, cherished granddaughter to Alison, Chris, Anna and Jake, loving niece to Lauren, Arran, Jake and James and favourite cousin to Riley.”
Just over a week on from Keane’s death – and amid mounting calls for answers from city education bosses – Liberton High’s south Edinburgh grounds are largely empty. Some pupils on exam leave are still using the school while a solitary police car and security guard stand outside.
But an ever-increasing mound of floral tributes, candles and cards laid out at the school gates is evidence of a community still struggling to come to terms with its loss.
The secondary school’s main entry sign has become a focal point for the city’s grief, as the number of tributes to the youngster from Gilmerton, now thought to number at least 300, continues to grow by the day.
One card reads: “Beautiful Keane you will be very sadly missed. You will always be in our thoughts”.
Another says: “I love you loads. I wish you were here with me. Still not sunk in baby girl.”
Morgan Falls wrote: “I can’t believe you are gone. I still remember when I first met you. I always knew you would be a friend for life. Your smile brightens up the darkest days.”
An investigation into Keane’s death, which is being led by police with the assistance of the Health and Safety Executive, is now well into its second week, and is still at the information and evidence-gathering stage.
Education leaders said they could not release information on the modesty wall which collapsed – including how many times it was reported to Liberton High staff – while a live inquiry is ongoing.