A THIRD person has been charged over the murder of Jordan MacKay, who was stabbed to death in South Queensferry.
The 20-year-old was allegedly attacked near The Loan in South Queensferry in the early hours of Sunday and died at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary several hours later.
A man and a woman appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday charged with murder.
Jack Mallon, 46, from Winchburgh, and 36-year old Charlene Wilson from Kirkliston made brief appearances in private before Sheriff Paul Arthurson QC.
No plea or declaration was made and their cases were continued for further inquiry. Both were remanded in custody.
Police said later on Tuesday a third person - a 43-year-old woman - had been charged with murder and would appear at court on Wednesday.
Earlier, Jordan’s family had issued a statement through police paying tribute.
“Our boy Jordan William MacKay was a born and bred Kirkliston lad, a joiner to trade with huge talent.
“Jordan was and will continue to be a huge presence in all our lives forever,” it read.
“We, his mum, dad and whole family have sat and thought of how to describe Jordan and we came up with a list of words that help us do that.
“Handsome, hardworking, loveable, witty, charming, loyal, strong-minded but soft-hearted.
“Jordan was taken from us on 13th July 2014, aged 20.
“We were not ready to lose our perfect boy and words cannot explain the devastation this mindless act of violence has caused us.
“We, his family, ask for privacy at this time to mourn the loss of our handsome brave boy who hung on strong with all his might to the very bitter end.”
The statement comes as the joiner’s girlfriend paid tribute to her “hero” and told how they were excited about spending their first holiday together.
Nicole McKay, told how the 20-year-old had been the “best thing that ever happened to her” and that they spoke everyday about an upcoming trip to Gran Canaria.
In a poignant message on her Facebook page, New Look sales assistant Nicole from South Queensferry spoke of the tragedy.
She wrote: “I still feel like I am going to wake up and it’s all going to be a nightmare.
“We had so many plans for the future together.
“Our first holiday was coming up to Gran Canaria, and we spoke about it every day.
“I don’t know how I am going to cope without you Jord. You always looked after me.
“You are in a better place now angel.
“One day we will be together again, my hero forever.
“Love you always baby, your coles.”
Jordan’s family and friends have laid floral tributes, messages and a Scotland strip beneath his photo portrait in a spot close to where the incident happened.
Jordan, of Manse Road, Kirkliston, was rushed to the ERI in “critical condition” before his death later on Sunday.
His grandfather, Ian Mackay, said that Jordan was a “strong boy” who had fought for his life as doctors battled to save him.
He also told of his heartbreak that he never got to say goodbye to his grandson.
He said: “The whole family is devastated.
“He was a decent lad, that’s pretty much all I can say about him.
“He was not the sort to back down from a fight, but he was not someone who would get into bother.
“He spent several hours in the hospital after it happened. His dad told me he died from a cardiac arrest.
“The doctors did their very best to save him, but the damage done was too great.
“The family were round him when he died. I wasn’t there myself, unfortunately.
“I would have liked to have been there to say goodbye to him. He fought to stay alive.”
Mr MacKay added: “He spent quite a bit of time in the gym and watched what he ate.
“He was a strong boy. If someone in our family was going to die, it should’ve been me, not someone his age.”
Jordan worked as a joiner and was considering linking up with Queensferry Rugby Football Club after training with the team.
A club spokesman said: “He was very friendly with a lot of the boys and he came down for a training session.
“He was thinking about joining.
“It’s sad what happened. He was tragically and pointlessly taken from us.
“Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends.”
One tribute left at the scene read: “Can’t believe you’re gone mate!
“Memories together will be remembered forever.”
Another read: “A loving son, a caring uncle, a special friend, an amazing boyfriend, happy grandson, doting nephew – you will be sadly missed. Lots of love to you all.”
Other friends took to social media to pay tribute.
Zoe Auld wrote on Twitter: “Thoughts are with Jordan’s friends and family and girlfriend Nicole.
“Gone too soon. RIP Jordan Mackay.”
Scott Houston wrote: “Absolutely devastated.
“Lost a great mate as the world has lost a top lad and gentleman.
“Rest in peace Jordan Mackay.”