Justin McLaughlin: Fundraiser for Glasgow High Street murder victim

Heartbroken family and friends of a 14-year-old boy murdered in a Glasgow aim stop have set up a fundraiser in his memory.

More than £1,500 has been raised so far for Justin McLaughlin’s family in less than one hour.

The family hope to use the money to give Justin the “best send off he deserves”.

The schoolboy was found seriously injured in High Street stop in the city centre on Saturday.

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Police have since launched a murder inquiry after the teenager died in hospital shortly after he was found.

His heartbroken aunt, Maggie, paid tribute to her “precious nephew”, and says he was the “biggest gentle giant with a smile that would take up the complete world”.

On the fundraiser page, Maggie wrote: “If there is anything anyone can contribute to help give Justin the best send of he deserves it would be amazing as this has come as a shock to all our friends and family, Justin’s friends everyone who knew him.

“Can’t believe I’m needing to do this but anything at all to help is appreciated.”

Justin’s headteacher, James McParland, said the community had been “shocked” by Justin McLaughlin’s death.

The Glasgow Times reports that Mr McParland, who leads St. Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, said his loss will be felt across the school.

In a statement he said: “The community of St Ambrose High School is shocked and saddened by the death of Justin McLaughlin.

“Justin was a valued member of our community and his loss will be felt by staff and pupils alike.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends, and additional pastoral sustain will be obtainable to young people within the school on their return on Monday morning.”

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Geddes, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team and the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Our thoughts very much keep 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.

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“Although enquiries are at an early stage, what we do know is that an incident took place at High Street aim stop and we are sure that there will be people who may have witnessed something in the rule 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, said: “This was a shocking act of violence in general daylight, which has seen a boy tragically lose his life.

“We are working closely with Police Scotland and doing all we can to find those responsible, and 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.”

You can donate to the fundraiser here.

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