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Karen's parents among hundreds of people gathered for vigil in Glasgow

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Vigil: Hundreds have gathered for the memorial (Debbie Lawlor: Twitter)
Vigil: Hundreds have gathered for the memorial (Debbie Lawlor: Twitter)

Hundreds of people have gathered in Glasgow for a vigil for student Karen Buckley.

Among those present were the parents of the late Cork student, who were accompanied by one of her older brothers. 

John and Marian were warmly greeted by the public, many of whom embraced them and told them they were sorry for their loss.

Buckley's classmates from Glasgow Caledonian University are among the gathering at George Square in the Scottish city. Also in attendance are members of the university's GAA team. 

The mourners at the memorial left flowers, candles and touching messages at the Square in remembrance of the 24-year-old. 

A lone bagpiper played music during the event while the Major of Glasgow offered her condolences to the family. A minute silence was also observed. .

The vigil was organised by former Scottish Socialist politician Rosie Kane.

She said: ''I don't want to be here, that's the first thing I need to say.

"It seems that everyone has been devastated but we want to support Karen's family and show them the best side of the city. We're trying to make something beautiful from that horrible, horrible grief.

"There have been some songs from Scotland and Ireland and people have brought flowers and candles.

"We also had a moment's silence to think about Karen's life, what we knew of her, about her family and to wish them the best."

The case has touched many people in Scotland and Ireland, with services held in Miss Buckley's home town of Cork earlier this week.

Barry Ahearn, who is originally from Cork but now lives in Scotland, travelled from his home in Ayr to pay his respects to Miss Buckley in George Square.

As organisers appealed for anyone who wanted to address the large crowd, Mr Ahearn sang a local Cork song.

He said: "I've been living in Scotland for the last four years and wanted to come today to show solidarity and support for Karen's family.

"I sang On The Banks On My Own Lovely Lee - it's the river that runs through Cork and is the local anthem.

"The whole situation is so sad, particularly when you're living in Scotland and something like this happens to someone from your own country. It just doesn't fit, it's so sad."

His wife Maura said: "It has really touched us this week, it's so sad and we all feel it very much.

"There's a great number of people here tonight who I'm sure feel the same and we just