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article imageTwo teenagers shot dead in remote Scottish Highland farm

By Kev Hedges     Apr 13, 2011 in Crime
Tomintoul - Two teenagers have died in a double shooting in the remote and wild region of the Scottish Highlands. Police are not looking for a third party in the killings.
Sophie Taylor, 16, was shot dead from point blank range inside a cottage just off the A939 road near Tomintoul and a man named locally as 18-year-old Callum Murray, an apprentice gamekeeper, who was a student at North Highland College in Thurso, was found dead in the grounds outside of the cottage. He was on work placement experience at the cottage in Moray but was not a local in the village.
Ms Taylor was a schoolgirl studying for her Standard Grade exams in the fourth grade. She attended Speyside High School in Aberlour. In Sky News it has been reported Murray shot his girlfriend after the pair were preparing a meal with another couple in a cottage on the estate.
Grampian Police detectives believe Murray shot his girlfriend deliberately before then turning the gun on himself. Sophie's parents, David and Katie, released a short statement saying they were, "devastated at the loss of our beautiful daughter (who) will be greatly missed by us, her brother and her grandparents as well as her many friends. She was studying for her standard grades at Speyside High School and had plans to continue working towards becoming a social worker."
Grampian Police have a team of 30 detectives working on the case. Police say it is an isolated incident that will have shocked the community both within Tomintoul and Grampian region as a whole.
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