Tribute to the girl, 15, who died after a double kayak she was paddling with her father, 44, toppled

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The family of a 15-year-old girl who died in a kayak tragedy said she was the happiest she’d ever been at the time she died.

Ellice Murray, 15, had been in a double kayak with her dad, Fraser, 44, when it turned over Monday, with brother Ben, 17, nearby.

Tragically, she was just out of their reach and her body was found later that day in the River Tweed, near Kelso, Scottish Borders.

Ellice Murray, 15, was in a double kayak with her dad, Fraser, 44, (pictured together) when it turned Monday

Ellice Murray, 15, was in a double kayak with her dad, Fraser, 44, (pictured together) when it turned Monday

Ellice shared a kayak with her dad because her autism “ made her clumsy, ” but she loved taking part in the lockdown hobby the family started last year.

She would enroll in a horticultural course after being ‘flexi-schooled’ for years by her mother, Kirstin, 45, as well as working in her parents’ plastic-free shop and cafe.

Father of three Fraser said, “She was literally just out of reach.

‘We started kayaking again, last summer we got some kayaks as a lockdown hobby to do together.

Ellice shared a kayak with her dad because her autism made her 'clumsy'

Ellice shared a kayak with her dad because her autism made her 'clumsy'

But she loved taking part in the lockdown hobby the family started last year

But she loved taking part in the lockdown hobby the family started last year

Ellice shared a kayak with her dad because her autism made her ‘clumsy’, but she loved taking part in the lockdown hobby the family started last year

Ellice was autistic, her processing was something else. We started her riding a tandem bicycle, some of her autism made her rather clumsy.

She was on a double kayak so she could participate fully. It could have been Ben or I. ‘

Her family, from Kelso, Scottish Borders, said Ellice died at the happiest time of her life.

Kirstin added, “Her fears had subsided and she was having so much fun.”

Her parents described how Ellice had a unique outlook on life and a passion for the environment – with a particular enthusiasm for plants.

Her parents described how Ellice (pictured together) had a unique outlook on life and a passion for the environment - with a particular enthusiasm for plants

Her parents described how Ellice (pictured together) had a unique outlook on life and was passionate about the environment - with a particular enthusiasm for plants

Her parents described how Ellice (pictured together) had a unique outlook on life and a passion for the environment – with a particular enthusiasm for plants

Her family, from Kelso, Scottish Borders, said Ellice (pictured) passed away at the happiest time of her life

Her family, from Kelso, Scottish Borders, said Ellice (pictured) passed away at the happiest time of her life

Her family, from Kelso, Scottish Borders, said Ellice (pictured) passed away at the happiest time of her life

She had cut her own hair, dyed it with bright colors, and was delighted not to face exams.

In February 2020, she had undergone major surgery to place titanium plates in her back to help with scoliosis and had been signed off by a consultant the Friday before she died.

Fraser said, “She had just come into life, she was vibrant and sparkling. She worked in our store – we told her it was her store.

She just wanted to serve people and answer their questions, you could see people weren’t quite sure it was going, but 99 percent of the time it was.

In February 2020, Ellice had undergone major surgery to place titanium plates in her back to help with scoliosis and was signed off by a consultant the Friday before she died

In February 2020, Ellice had undergone major surgery to place titanium plates in her back to help with scoliosis and was signed off by a consultant the Friday before she died

In February 2020, Ellice had undergone major surgery to place titanium plates in her back to help with scoliosis and was signed off by a consultant the Friday before she died

Ellice would enroll in a horticultural class after being 'flexi-schooled' for years by her mother, Kirstin, 45, (pictured together) and also working in her parents' plastic-free shop and cafe

Ellice would enroll in a horticultural class after being 'flexi-schooled' for years by her mother, Kirstin, 45, (pictured together) and also working in her parents' plastic-free shop and cafe

Ellice would enroll in a horticultural class after being ‘flexi-schooled’ for years by her mother, Kirstin, 45, (pictured together) and also working in her parents’ plastic-free shop and cafe

“The people in the community were incredibly gracious to her, she was such a nice little girl.”

Kirstin added: ‘She had started planning ideas for planting our garden, she really liked the environment.

She felt “we need to change our way of life, so I’m going to do it now.”

She embodied what she believed. I’m so sorry she’s not coming home.

Her brother said she couldn’t have been healthy at this point in her life.

“She was as happy as she’d ever been, which is comforting.”