Family and friends mourn tragic loss of Amber

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AN ARBROATH schoolgirl was tragically found dead in her home by her sister early on Monday morning.

Amber Beaton (15), Keptie Road, a fourth year pupil at Arbroath High School, was one of eight children. Her mother, Wilma Reid, owns Reid’s Taxis in the town along with her dad Malcolm Beaton (54).

Her father told the Herald: “Amber had texted one of her pals at 2.30 a.m. on Monday and I got up about 4 a.m. to go to work. When I passed the bathroom I noticed that the light was on but just tapped the door on the way past.

“We felt that she had been in the bathroom for a very long time so her sister, Jade (17), broke open the door and another sister, Yasmin (19), went in and made the tragic discovery.

“An ambulance was called but the paramedics could not do anything for her.”

Mr Beaton said that Amber was a very outgoing youngster who had lots of friends. She was very keen on outdoor activities and before the October school holidays had spent a week at Crombie Country Park on work experience, which she greatly enjoyed. She had planned to following a career as a countryside ranger or something similar when she left school.

She was a member of Arbroath and District Athletic Club and her favourite discipline was shot-putt for which she had won awards. She also played basketball at school and had played netball when at primary.

He concluded: “The family is totally stunned by what has happened. We just don’t know what to do but we keep going for the sake of the others.

“We don’t know why it happened as Amber left no note. A couple of nights before her death she was larking about with her sisters and playing pranks on them as usual.”

Since her death, family and friends have left messages of sympathy and tributes on a social networking site.

Her sister Yasmin said: “Today my beautiful sister was so cruelly taken from us. RIP my darling. Sweet dreams Amber. You were so, so amazing.”

Leanne said: “RIP Amber, love you forever and always! Sleep tight beautiful.”

And Heather sent: “Keep breaking down in tears, I love you so much. Best friends always.”

Amber’s best friend, Shannon Heenan, and some other friends plan to light lanterns for her at Keptie Pond tomorrow (Saturday) at 7 p.m.

Shannon told the Herald: “Amber was one of my best friends; she was a best friend to many. Her passing is absolutely devastating! It has ripped my heart in half!

“I have contacted the police just to make sure they know what we are doing and who it’s for! Amber was a phenomenal sister, friend, daughter, best friend. We have more plans for her to show our love and commiserations for her and her family.”

Tayside Police issued a statement on Tuesday in which they said: “Tayside Police can confirm that a 15-year-old girl found dead within her home in Arbroath’s Keptie Road yesterday morning has been identified as being Amber Rose Beaton.

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death, however officers are carrying out enquiries into what may have led to this tragic event. As with all sudden deaths a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

“Our thoughts are with Amber’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

Councillor Alex King, Arbroath West and Letham, commented: “The untimely death of Amber Beaton is a tragic and premature loss of a young life.

“We must allow Amber’s family and friends both the privacy and the time they need to grieve and to come to terms with their loss.

“During that time our thoughts and prayers should be with the family and friends as they work their way through the next difficult weeks and months.”