Tributes paid to Edinburgh student who died at a house party

He was described as ‘the kindest, most loving person that anyone could ever meet’


Tributes are being paid to an Edinburgh student who died after falling from a third floor window.

21-year-old Patrick Smith, who studied Chemical Engineering, had been at a house party when police were called in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Patrick's friends described him as "brave and fearless", and "a ray of light and life." A memorial to celebrate his life is planned for the 18th of September.

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One of Patrick's friends, Kayleigh Haggo wrote on Facebook: "Patzo. I can't believe you have been taken from us, life is so unfair.

"You were the kindest, most loving person that anyone could ever meet. There was never ever ever a dull moment when you were around.

"I'm so lucky to have so many memories that I will treasure forever. Thank you so much for everything. Rest in peace angel."

On Twitter another friend, Jay, wrote: "This week I lost my gorgeous best friend, Patrick always wanted the best for me (don't worry I'll quit smoking).

"He was genuinely the most brave and fearless boy I know, and I think many people feel the same.

"I am so honoured to have known you as you were a ray of light and life of the party.

"You introduced me to a community that has helped me grow so much, pushed me outside of my comfort zone and gave me so much confidence, so I am entirely grateful.

"We bickered like cat and dog but you know I love you endlessly."

Leigh McLevy, who was one of Patrick's swimming teammates, said: "Three days ago, I lost my best friend.

"I cannot put into words how this feels. Thank you for everything that you gave me and will continue to give me as I cherish the 12 years that we spent as best friends.

"I will never be able to comprehend how cruel and unfair this world is.

"However, I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I was blessed to do life with you.

"The last thing I ever said to you was that ‘you are an angel in human form’. And my goodness I was right.

"I’m so glad I told you. You are an angel, my angel forever."

The director of Chemical Engineering at Edinburgh said: "Patrick was a fantastic student.

"After four years as an undergraduate he was about to begin his masters in chemical engineering.

"He was also clearly the heart and soul of the student chemical engineering society – many students from other years, not only his own cohort, knew him very well, this is why the impact of his tragic death is so wide."

A memorial to celebrate Patrick's life will take place at Ayr Racecourse on the 18th of September. His family have asked attendees to wear "Patrick's love of colours."

• Information about Edinburgh student wellbeing services can be found on their website.

• Samaritans are contactable 24/7 on 116 123.

• Edinburgh Nightline are contactable from 8am till 8pm on 0131 557 4444.