Deaf News: Deaf community united in grief after Kirsty Aitchison’s body is found in River Clyde

Posted on June 20, 2016

The Deaf community is united in grief after the body of Kirsty Aitchison was discovered in the River Clyde in Scotland on Saturday afternoon.

Aitchison, who was Deaf and had four children, went missing after attending a Deaf event hosted at a Glasgow nightclub on Saturday 11th June.

After she went missing, numerous videos were posted in BSL, including from the police in Scotland, raising awareness and asking for help to find her.

Search parties were also organised, with dozens of Deaf people teaming up and helping to look for her.

However, her body was discovered on Saturday afternoon in the River Clyde, close to where she went missing one week earlier.

When the news was announced on Saturday evening, numerous messages of condolence appeared from the Deaf community on social media, with both written and video messages being posted, including a BSL poem.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also posted a message on her Twitter account:

Thoughts are now turning to Aitchison’s family, and her four young children.

A Crowdfunding campaign set up to support Kirsty’s family, with an initial aim of raising £2000, raised over £6000 in less than 24 hours of her death being announced.

The Crowdfunding page for Kirsty Aitchison’s family can be found by clicking here.

By Charlie Swinbourne, Editor.

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