Police have launched a murder probe after 14-year-old Justin McLaughlin was found dead at a train station in Glasgow.
The teenager was found seriously injured at High Street train station at around 3.45pm on Saturday October 16, but later died in the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Officers say an extensive investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the shocking incident.
They are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Brian Geddes, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team said: “Our thoughts very much remain with Justin’s family and friends.
“His family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this very difficult time, and they are being supported by specialist officers.
“Although enquiries are at an early stage, what we do know is that an incident took place at High Street train station and we are sure that there will be people who may have witnessed something in the lead up to this.
“The area would have been busy with members of the public and commuters and we are urging those who have any information, no matter how small, to get in contact with police.”
Detective Inspector Marc Francey, of British Transport Police, described the incident as a “shocking act of violence in broad daylight”, stating that they will be working closely with Police Scotland and doing all we can to find those responsible.
He added: “I would urge any witnesses, or anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, to contact us as soon as possible.
“We will also be increasing our uniformed patrols in the local area in the coming days to help reassure the travelling public.”
The news comes as a friend of Justin has set up a fundraising page online to help his parents Stephanie and Anthony.
Any donations to the page, which can be found here, will go towards funeral costs and financial support for the family with nearly half of the £1,000 raised already.
The post on the page reads: “Justin was a happy, kind and loving boy who had his whole life ahead of him but it tragically ended so soon at the young age of 14 years old.
As he was so young there are no funeral funds in place, so please help us to give Justin the proper send off he deserves.
“Any contributions however big or small will be much appreciated. Stephanie, Anthony, his Brothers and all the family are very much in our thoughts right now. Let’s show her how much Justin was loved by his friends, family, and local community.”
Tributes have continued to come in for the much-loved teen, with one friend describing him as an “Angel” and another adding: “We are all going to miss you so much, there’s not going to be a single day that we will forget about you.”
Scotrail have confirmed that the station, where several officers remain in attendance, will remain closed while police carry out investigations.
Detectives have set up an online portal to encourage members of the public to submit information.
The Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) is a website that gives the public access to a form so they can send information directly to the major incident teams based at the Scottish Crime Campus and can be accessed here.
Detective Chief Inspector Brian Geddes added: “We can be contacted by calling 101 and quoting incident number 2280 of Saturday, 16 October, while the BTP can also be contacted by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 394 of 16/10/21.
“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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