GLASGOW, Scotland - Police in Glasgow have launched a murder inquiry following the death of a 14-year-old boy in the city.
14-year old Justin McLaughlin was found seriously injured with stab wounds at High Street train station around 3.45pm on Saturday. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
An extensive investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and officers are appealing to members of the public to assist with their enquiries.
It is understood a number of teenagers were involved in an altercation.
The teenager was a student at St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. The community of St Ambrose High School is shocked and saddened by the death of Justin McLaughlin," James McParland, the school's headmaster said Sunday.
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 support will be available to young people within the school, the headmaster 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," Detective Chief Inspector Brian Geddes, of Police Scotland's Major Investigation Team and the Senior Investigating Officer, said Sunday.
"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," Geddes said.
Detective Inspector Marc Francey, of British Transport Police, added: "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," the detective inspector said.
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:
Police Scotland can be contacted by calling 101 and quoting incident number 2280 of Saturday, 16 October.
BTP can also be contacted by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 394 of 16/10/21.
Alternatively, members of the public can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.