2003 - 2017
Eilidh, 14, went to the Ariana Grande concert with her friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, on Monday, May 22. The parents of Eilidh MacLeod have paid tribute to their teenage daughter who died in the Manchester Arena terror attack.
Their families launched urgent appeals when the girls failed to get in touch after the explosion, which has left 22 dead. Laura was later found to be in a “serious condition” in hospital.
In a statement her family said: “Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh.
“Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band.
“As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time.”
"Words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh," the statement reads. MacLeod, from the Scottish island of Barra, was described by her family as a "vivacious" young woman.
"Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band. As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time."
Friends from MacLeod's small island community and across Scotland shared their condolences on social media.
"A stunningly beautiful, talented lovely girl who will be missed so dearly by all who knew her. My heart breaks for Marion, Roddy, Shona & Laura. Sleep tight Eilidh - 'gus am bris an là xxx," Annie-Theresa MacDonald said in a post on Facebook.
MacLeod was at the concert with her friend, Laura MacIntyre, who was injured.
"Our daughter Laura is a funny and witty young girl who excels at everything she does," MacIntyre's family said in a statement posted to the Manchester police Twitter account.
"Laura and her friend Eilidh were so looking forward to the concert, but that night has now ended in tragedy where Eilidh has lost her life and Laura is in critical condition. Our hearts and minds have been with Eilidh's family since we heard their news."