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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gamekeeper Calum Murray, 'accidentally shoots girlfriend Sophie Taylor dead while cleaning shotgun then turns weapon on himself out of grief'

A teenage gamekeeper accidentally shot dead his young sweetheart and then apparently turned the gun on himself in grief.

Trainee gamekeeper Calum Murray, 18, had been cleaning the weapon, believed to be a shotgun, at a remote cottage in the Scottish Highlands when it went off and fatally injured schoolgirl Sophie Taylor, a heartbroken local told yesterday.

The 16-year-old girl was understood to have been preparing dinner for her boyfriend at his three-bedroom cottage when the horror scene unfolded.

The father of one of Sophie's lifelong friends said Calum had been overcome with grief at what he had done and took his own life moments after he shot his girlfriend at the house near Tomintoul, Moray.

Dru McPherson, 50, who employs Sophie's grief-stricken mum Katie at his village restaurant, said the grim sequence of events had played out like a 'Greek tragedy'.

He said: 'The story around the village is that there were two couples there and the two males were cleaning their guns and the gun went off in the house and killed Sophie, at which point Calum got up and went out to the front porch and shot himself.

'It's like a Greek tragedy up here. Sophie was a very, very well-known girl and everyone was fond of her. It's just horrendous.' Read More