Tributes to Aberdeen oil industry worker 'found on fire' as she walked home
Workmates and relatives of a mother-of-two at the centre of a murder investigation have paid emotional tributes following her weekend death.
Firefighters and police officers discovered Jill Barclay’s still burning body opposite the roundabout at Dyce’s Stoneywood Road and Victoria Street, around 3.30am on Saturday
The 47-year-old, who had a six-year-old son and daughter, eight, was last seen leaving Spider’s Web pub on Station Road in the early hours of Saturday morning to make the one mile walk home..
A 22-year-old man was arrested elsewhere in Scotland, not believed to be in Aberdeen, and has been charged with her murder. He is due in court today.
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Ms Barclay worked as a proposals engineer for oil and gas giant Petrofac
The energy firm’s chief operating officer Nick Shorten said it was a “heartbreaking” time for everyone who knew her.
He added: “Jill was a much loved and respected member of Petrofac’s team here in Aberdeen.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her children, partner, and wider family at this truly heart-breaking time. We will do everything we can to support them.”
A crowdfunding GoFundMe page has been set up for donations to help the Barclay family with funeral costs.
It was set up by Claire Carstairs and Gillian Gove, who were both friends of Jill.
They stated “Jill was a much-loved partner, daughter, a parent-of-two, the best friend, a kickboxing ninja, a raver – a human with a heart of gold and true to the core.
“In light of Jill, she loved to party, when we have hit our milestone target we will have a – “Rave it like your Jill” event here in Stoneywood.
“In this dark time let’s come together as one as a community and raise as much funds as we possibly can for her beautiful family.”
The fundraiser page has received ore than £2,500 from almost 150 donations – surpassing the £1,500 target.
One of the donors, Rachel Reilly posted: “Your smile spread a lot of happiness wherever you went. A warm, beautiful and kind lady.”