Family says heartbreaking goodbye to 'murdered' six-year-old Alesha McPhail
Alesha McPhail, the 6-year-old girl who was found dead in woodland at the start of the month, has been laid to rest in a very emotional funeral service organized by Coats Funeral Home.
Alesha's body was found on July 2, 2018, after she was reported missing from her grandparents' home on the Isle of Bute. A 16-year-old boy, whose identity is yet to be revealed, was charged with rape and murder and is currently waiting for his sentence.
According to The Sun, the funeral service was specially arranged to match the little girl's personality, which was why her parents, Robert MacPhail and Georgina Lochrane, asked mourners to wear something pink, as it can be seen in the video below.
Aside from her family, hundreds of people showed up to the service in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, where Alesha's uncle, Calum McPhail, delivered an emotional speech about his niece.
Alesha MacPhail’s heartbreaking funeral as grieving family carries pink coffin of ‘murdered’ six-year-old https://t.co/WyrqcWwMdy— The Sun (@TheSun) July 21, 2018
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Alesha McPhail’s family have asked mourners to wear pink to the 6 year old’s funeral on Saturday. Alesha was murdered on the Isle of Bute earlier this month. pic.twitter.com/8Od5cPN4cp— CapitalScotland News (@CapitalScotNews) July 15, 2018
He described her as everything he wanted to be - kind, caring and smart - and that he couldn't believe she was gone. Alesha's teacher at Chapelside Primary School, Emma Gibson, also said a few words about her.
Gibson remembered Alesha as a bright young girl who would always walk into class with a bright smile on her face, and that she felt grateful for having been given the chance to have her as a student.
Several heart-shaped wreaths and stuffed toys were placed outside the funeral home as a sign of respect, and every mourner followed the parents' request by wearing pink ties or adding pink touches to their outfits.
Alesha's coffin, which was entirely pink and had a little unicorn on the front, was carried by her grieving family members, who wore traditional kilts, before being carefully placed inside a white horse-drawn carriage.
The funeral cortege left Coats Funeral Homem towards Coltswood Cemetery, Alesha's final resting place, with a car full of plushies and teddy bears slowly following the carriage.
It was a very heartbreaking ceremony, particularly for Alesha's parents. In her daughter's memory, Lochrane left a hand-written message on a floral tribute, which read: 'every single day will be harder than the day before to walk this earth without you by my side.'