Tributes to Bailey Gwynne continue to grow and grow outside the 16-year-old’s school, with a touching portrait of the youngster the latest addition to the flowers and emotional messages.
Thousands of people have paid tribute to the youngster online while hundreds of people have now left flowers and messages outside Cults Academy.
His family have paid tribute to their “beloved boy” and said there were no words to describe their loss.
“Our hearts have gone with him,” they said.
“A special son, brother, grandson and friend – he never failed to make us smile (most of the time). He will always be our boy.
“We don’t know what we will do without our junior ’man about the house’.
“We need time now to look after each other and send our love to all those who care for Bailey.”
Hundreds of the fifth-year-pupil’s friends and fellow pupils attended a vigil at Cults Parish Church on Thursday night, where candles were lit and messages of condolence written.
Rev Ewen Gilchrist said he hoped that the number attending would offer Bailey’s family “a bit of light in the darkness”.
Cults Academy chaplain John Ferguson said: “My hope is that the love in this community will help Bailey’s family and get us all through the coming days.
“Bailey in his life knew love and for that we can all be thankful.“
The comprehensive school is in an affluent suburb of Aberdeen and serves the lower Deeside area. It has more than 1,000 pupils.
Head teacher Anna Muirhead has described Bailey as “gentle and caring”, and told of the shock within the community following his death.
Meanwhile, a 16-year-old male is expected to appear in court in private at 2.15pm this afternoon in connection with Bailey’s death.