'Our worst fear to lose a child so full of life' PARENTS' PAIN.
THE devastated parents of Michaela Davis yesterday said it was their worst fear to "lose a child so full of life".
Brendan and Deirdre Davis said they were desperately trying to come to terms with the death of their 12-year-old daughter.
Her body was discovered in undergrowth by a man walking along the Royal Canal in West Dublin on Saturday evening.
The grieving couple said in a statement their daughter's death was a "needless, awful tragedy" and insisted the family was always there for one another.
The distraught parents said: "This is a heart-wrenching situation.
"A young 12-year-old girl who was full of life has been lost. She was very close to her mum, dad and teenage brother Brendan. They were always there for one another."
Michaela had enjoyed her first day of secondary school at Luttrellstown Community College the previous Thursday and her family revealed she had been given her first homework, due to be handed in tomorrow.
They added: "The Davis family has lived at the family home at The Village, Porterstown, for more than 16 years.
"All Michaela's friends are heartbroken at the moment and cannot get their heads around this tragedy, no more than the rest of the extended family and friends. The needless loss of a young child, the awful tragedy of a girl barely beginning life.
"This situation is not and never will be about the crime or the perpetrator - it's about Michaela, and the realisation of a parent's worst fear to lose a child so full of life."
The family also released a fresh picture of their daughter attending secondary school for the first time.
Friends have flocked to a Facebook page set up in memory of the tragic school girl.
One said: "R.I.P Michaela I've known you half my life, you lived just down the road.
"I will always miss you. Love you lots you didn't deserve that ... I remember the times we would stay out until 12 just talking about your day and if I tried to say something you would interupt me. I miss you soo much. Love you forever."
One user, who didn't know Michaela, added: "Michaela you precious little angel, you are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope God and his angels came to meet you and take away your pain."
Meanwhile, counsellors and psychologists were on hand at the Luttrellstown school to help shocked pupils and teachers come to terms with the girl's death.
Principal Fionnuala Ni Chaisil said a short service in memory of Michaela was held in the school at lunchtime.
She added: "Everybody is calm and we are helping everyone... the children are our priority.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis family."
Staff put in place a critical incident management team and arranged for guidance counsellors and Vocational Education Committee psychological support staff to come to the school.
SEARCH Gardai continue evidence hunt STUDENT Michaela in her new uniform last week