The communities of Kirkliston and Queensferry are in mourning this week following the tragic death of local man Jordan Mackay.
The 20 year old had enjoyed a night out in Queensferry with his girlfriend, Nicole McKay, last Saturday night but around 1.30am on Sunday while he was heading home he became involved in a brawl which ended with him being stabbed in the throat.
He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries later that night.
On Tuesday, his family, father Ian, mum Liz, and sister Jill, paid tribute saying: “Our boy Jordan William MacKay was a born and bred Kirkliston lad, a joiner to trade with huge talent.
‘‘Jordan was and will continue to be a huge presence in all our lives forever.
‘‘We, his mum, dad and whole family have sat and thought of how to describe Jordan and we came up with a list of words that help us do that. Handsome, hardwording, loveable, witty, charming, loyal, strong-minded but soft-hearted.
‘‘Jordan was taken from us on July 13, aged 20. We were not ready to lose our perfect boy and words cannot explain the devastation this mindless act of violence has caused us.
‘‘We, his family, ask for privacy at this time to mourn the loss of our handsome, brave boy who hung on strong with all his might to the very bitter end.”
Jordan attended Queensferry High School and was well-known by many people both in the village and in Queensferry.
His popularity has been expressed in the number of floral tributes that have been left at the vicinity, Stoney Croft, where the shocking attack took place. Among the many condolences was one from the ‘dinner ladies’ at Kirkliston Primary School.
All week, friends, former schoolmates and members of the public have taken to social media to pay their respects to the young man whose life has been tragically taken away.
Police have arrested two people in connection with last Sunday morning’s incident in Queensferry. A third suspect was released.
Charlene Wilson (36) of Kirkliston and Jack Mallon (46) of Winchburgh appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court this week and were charged with Jordan’s murder. No plea or declaration was made and they were remanded in custody.
A 43 year old woman also questioned in connection with the incident has since been released.