This is the first picture of the 14 year old boy who was stabbed to death in Glasgow yesterday.
Police have launched a murder inquiry following the death of 14-year-old Justin McLaughlin at Glasgow’s High Street Station.
Justin was found seriously injured at High Street train station around 3.45pm on Saturday, 16 October, 2021.
He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
An extensive investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident which police are calling calling a “shocking act of violence in broad daylight which has seen boy tragically lose his life”
Officers have added that there will be an increase of uniform patrols in the Trongate area following the incident.
They are appealing to members of the public to assist with their enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Brian Geddes, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team and the Senior Investigating Officer, 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, said: “This was a shocking act of violence in broad 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.”
Detectives have set up an online portal to encourage members of the public to submit information.
Meanwhile in Coventry near Birmingham, Police are investigating after a boy, 16, was shot in the early hours of this morning in the city centre.
The teenager is in hospital after being injured on Bishop Street just after 1am today (October 16).
Police cordoned off the area at the time and a forensic examination of the scene has now taken place.
West Midlands Police are now appealing for anyone who might have seen what happened and are asking anyone in the area with CCTV or a dashcam, to check their footage.
Inspector Becky Farr, of Coventry police, said: “We’ve launched a full investigation into what happened and won’t tolerate this kind of violence on our streets.
“Detectives are working tirelessly to establish exactly what happened and who is responsible.
“We’ve got extra officers patrolling the city centre throughout the weekend to offer reassurance.”