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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 March, 2004, 22:44 GMT
Body of abducted boy found
Kris Donald
Kris's body was found early on Tuesday morning
The body of a teenager found in Glasgow's east end is that of a 15-year-old boy who was abducted, police have confirmed.

The victim, named as Kriss Donald, was forced into a silver Mercedes or BMW car after a struggle shortly after 1500 GMT on Monday.

He had been approached by five Asian men in Kenmure Street, Pollokshields.

Early on Tuesday his badly beaten body was found about three miles away on a walkway behind the Celtic Supporters Club on London Road in Glasgow's
east end.

'Brutal and senseless'

The victim, a pupil at Bellahouston Academy and resident of McCulloch Street in Pollokshields, had been walking with a 19-year-old friend when the men approached him.

In the struggle, his friend managed to run off.

Detective Superintendent Elliot McKenzie, in charge of the investigation, said: "This was a particularly brutal and apparently senseless attack on a young boy.

"We have yet to establish a motive for this crime and I am anxious to speak to anyone who can provide any information that may assist in this investigation to contact the incident room on 0141 532 4750."

BBC Scotland's investigations correspondent Bob Wylie said: "It would be difficult, possibly dangerous, to speculate on a motive for the murder."

He described the situation as "dire for the family of the boy and dire for the city of Glasgow".

Crime scene
Kris's body was found on this walkway in Glasgow's east end

In September last year, BBC Scotland reported on racial tensions involving white and Asian youths in the Pollokshields area.

On Tuesday evening, Labour's Gordon Jackson, the area's MSP, appealed for calm and urged people not to jump to conclusions.

He said: "I know for a fact that there is a very intensive police inquiry going on.

"Normally these things produce results in a comparatively short time.

"I beg people not to pre-judge the issue and not to assume anything but let us be calm about it and wait to see precisely what the truth is."

On Tuesday night the Pollokshields area was experiencing an intense police presence.

More details about the murder are expected to be released by officers on Wednesday.


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