COMMUNITIES gathered on either side of the Forth last night for an emotional tribute to three-year-old Mikaeel Kular.
Hundreds of people turned up to remember the toddler at seperate vigils at Cramond Beach in Edinburgh, in Fife and at an event in Livingston.
The memorials came a week after Mikaeel’s body was discovered in Fife. His mother had reported him missing from his home in the Drylaw area of Edinburgh on the morning of 16 January.
More than 350 people came together at Cramond Beach to light candles along the shore in his memory, many of whom had taken part in searches for the youngster.
Colourful balloons and Chinese lanterns were released at 7pm before a minute’s silence was observed. The organiser of the Send Off for Mikaeel event, Hayley Clements, 27, told those gathered: “Thank you for coming. Obviously, it has touched many hearts in the community.”
Local councillor Cammy Day said he was proud of the way those in the local area had come together.
He said: “We have seen the amazing community spirit.”
Mikaeel’s mother Rosdeep Kular was formally arrested and charged in connection with her son’s death last Saturday.
The 33-year-old appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday charged with his murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
She made no plea or declaration, was remanded in custody and committed for further examination, and is expected to make a second appearance at the court on Tuesday.