Marelle Sturrock performing with hunted man David Yates
Haunting videos have emerged of a pregnant teacher who was found dead in her Glasgow flat passionately singing alongside her fiancé who is now being hunted by police. One video, seen by Express.co.uk, shows Marelle Sturrock, 35, singing a romantic song while her partner David Yates plays acoustic guitar. It comes as the amateur dramatics club Marelle went to since she was a teenager offered a heartfelt tribute.
Pregnant Marelle Sturrock from Wick in Scotland was found dead in the couple’s flat in Glasgow on Tuesday. She was a well-loved musician who went from being camera-shy to building a gigantic Facebook group that encouraged local performers to show off their talent.
In the guitar video, posted during the coronavirus lockdown, Marelle and David sing Alecia Moore (P!NK) and Dallas Green.
In the caption of the video, Marelle says: “Lyrics are fitting for the current situation. Hope everyone is managing at the moment and staying safe x x”
Ms Sturrock was discovered at 8.40am on Tuesday in a home in Jura Street, Glasgow, and Police Scotland said her death is being treated as suspicious.
Marelle Sturrock posts first video singing with ukulele
Officers are searching Mugdock Country Park, just outside the city in East Dunbartonshire, for a further day for missing David, Express.co.uk understands.
Wick Players paid a touching tribute to Marelle on their Facebook page, writing: “Wick Players are so sorry to learn of the passing of member, Marelle Sturrock.
“Marelle was an active member of Wick Players from when she was a young teenager, she was a great asset to the group and she was a very talented young lady both with her singing and her acting.
“Some people have a light that shines from within, and Marelle’s talent shone through that aura and she followed her dream by doing drama and music studies at University.
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“It is tragic that her young life has ended too soon but we at Wick Players will always love and remember her as one of our family.
“We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to her family.”
During the pandemic, Ms Sturrock, shared numerous videos of her singing online.
In the first video she shared on Facebook, where she plays the ukulele, she said: “My first attempt at riptide on the ukulele. Never done a video before so see how it goes. Hopefully, I’ll get better.”
Marelle was a primary school teacher who grew up in Wick, Scotland before leaving to study music theatre when she was 17.
Express.co.uk understands she met David doing shows and in their spare time thr pair enjoyed performing together and got engaged in 2015.
During lockdown they started a Facebook project called Sunday Sing Along Sessions, that was later turned into a massive Facebook group called ‘Marelle and Dave’s Open Sunday Sing Along Sesh!’.
Talking to John O’Groat Journal about the project at the time, she said: “It began as an attempt to put some smiles on faces and spread a bit of positivity during a difficult time.
“Being lucky enough to know so many talented performers thanks to many years being involved in various shows, concerts and study, the Sunday Sing-Along Sessions soon became a thing.”
The first online live performance session was on May 17, just two months after her first video performance.
The couple were filmed singing in an attempt to raise money for the Save Our Venues Campaign.
And after the first live show, the couple asked others to be involved.
She posted online: “The response was overwhelmingly “yes” and we soon created the Facebook group Marelle and Dave’s Open Sunday Sing Along Sesh!.”
In the past, David also did a solo fundraiser where he shaved his hair and beard for Beatson Cancer Charity.
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