The grieving family of a young girl who drowned in a river slammed ‘disgusting’ people who filmed the whole incident instead of helping.
12-year-old Ava Gray passed away in the River Leven in Scotland on August 9. Emergency services were called to the scene at about 6:45 pm but the rescue search ended with the girl’s body being recovered before 10 pm.
As the heartbroken family prepare for Ava’s funeral at Clydebank Crematorium, they asked why some people filmed the situation instead of trying to help her.
In an interview with The Daily Record, the girl’s aunt, Jamie Gillies, said: “Absolutely disgusted to hear more people were interested in videoing or Snapchatting the ‘drama’ and rescue to their friends.
“If any one of those people put as much effort into helping the kids we may not be here. I genuinely worry for our future if this is people’s priority.”
She added: “Think before you act. Always think of others. Be careful what you say on social media and remember that grieving and distressed families can see your posts.”
Gillies is now calling on parents and guardians to educate their children about the possible dangers of being near water.
Ava’s dance teacher Holly Douglas took to Facebook and paid tribute, writing: “My dancing angel, I am heartbroken.
“Words can’t describe the way I feel, Ava. We all love you so, so much. You will never be forgotten at Full Out.
“You will always be part of our team and our family. The world is a cruel place, thinking of all the family right now. Ava, I love you so, so much.”
Douglas also set up a GoFundMe page for the family and described Ava as ‘the funniest and most crazy girl at our dance school and she never failed to make me laugh and smile.’
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