THE dad of Nattalie Muir has said the West Lothian community have given her family “strength and determination” by their support following her tragic death.
Calum Muir (42) of Whitburn, said the family have been touched by the care and help of county people after Nattalie (21) died following an incident in Whitburn last month.
And he said he and wife Audrey, son Stewart and daughters Clare and Laura, have been given hope to look to the future thanks to the support of the community.
Calum said: “On behalf of myself, my wife Audrey and immediate family, I would like to thank the people of Whitburn, and the community of West Lothian and beyond for their help and support.
“After the shock of finding out our daughter Nattalie had been brutally taken from us, we wondered where our lives and those of our other children and granddaughters would lead.
“However, due to the response of family, friends and community, offices, shops and licenced premises, the local people have given us hope.”
Last week, the Courier told how the family had raised money for sufferers of cerebral palsy as a result of collections at Nattalie’s funeral.
Nattallie’s two-year-old daughter Paige has been diagnosed with the condition and the family decided to give the £670 collected at the funeral service to a children’s charity for youngsters with the illness.
And Calum said the help given to the family has given them real strength to face the future and help them plan ahead for Paige’s best interests.
He added: “We now have the strength and determination to go on with our heads up and raise our granddaughter, Paige, as her mum would have wished.
“We will go on to give her the best love and care we can and keep her so proud of her mum.
“We will also let her know that the people of West Lothian are mostly all good citizens as they have proved.”