Facebook tributes to ex-Earlston pupil pour in

Pic Michael Gillen 13/12/10. FALKIRK. Asda. Michael Matheson MSP presents Kieran Evans (10) Antonine Primary five with his prize for designing Michael's official Christmas card.
Pic Michael Gillen 13/12/10. FALKIRK. Asda. Michael Matheson MSP presents Kieran Evans (10) Antonine Primary five with his prize for designing Michael's official Christmas card.
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MORE than 500 people have joined a Facebook site dedicated to an ex-Earlston High School pupil who died earlier this month.

The funeral of 18-year-old Callum Mercer, pictured, took place in his former hometown of Lauder on December 17 after the University of Strathclyde student was found dead in Glasgow on December 4.

The Callum Mercer Memorial Page has now been set up, with friends and family paying tribute to the teenager. And a memorial event is expected to take place next spring in Fort William, where he moved with parents Angela and Jon three years ago.

A fund has also been set up to raise money for various causes, including a youth piping project in the Borders and to raise awareness of alcohol and mental health issues affecting young people.

Among the Facebook tributes to Callum, who was studying computer and electronic systems, one read: “I don’t think you ever relised (sic) how much everyone loved you!” Another said: “You had a lot of people that cared for you and loved you. And you were an amazing person, we all believed that you were going places.”

Callum joined Lochaber High School before starting at Strathclyde in September. Lochaber High head teacher Jim Sutherland said: “Callum moved to Lochaber High in 2007 from Earlston High School in the Borders.

“He was a very quiet, polite and helpful young man.

“He made a particularly strong contribution as a piper in the Lochaber School’s pipe band where fellow members have been devastated by his death. The whole school community’s thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Dr Veena O’Halloran, University of Strathclyde’s director of student experience, described Callum as a good student who would be greatly missed by friends and staff.

She added: “The university community is deeply saddened by the news and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.”