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Clues sought in schoolboy murder
Kriss Donald
Kriss was walking with a friend who managed to flee
Police in Glasgow are searching for clues to what they have called the "brutal and senseless" abduction and murder of a 15-year-old schoolboy.

Kriss Donald was snatched by a group of five men near his home in south Glasgow and bundled into a car on Monday afternoon.

His badly beaten body was found the next day behind a Celtic Supporters' Club in the east end of the city.

Police have yet to establish a motive for the killing.

They said Kriss was forced into a silver Mercedes or BMW car after a struggle, shortly after 1500 GMT on Monday.

He had been approached by five men, said by police to be of Asian appearance, in Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, not far from his home in nearby McCulloch Street.

But officers said it was too early to say if the murder was racially motivated.

'Senseless attack'

The victim, a pupil at Bellahouston Academy, had been walking with a 19-year-old friend.

In the struggle, his friend managed to run off.

Labour's Glasgow Govan MP Mohammed Sarwar warned that right-wing extremists may attempt to cause trouble in the wake of the killing.

Mohammed Sarwar MP
Mohammed Sarwar said people were "united" to catch the culprits

Mr Sarwar acknowledged that racial tensions had flared up in the area about six months ago, but that police action and community meetings had calmed the situation.

He said: "All the communities in Glasgow and Pollokshields are united to catch these culprits.

"We have to be very cautious that we don't allow the BNP and other right-wing organisations to exploit this tragedy to harm the race relations we have enjoyed over the years in Glasgow.

"There were problems in the past, but one thing is certain, there are only a few people, who I believe are thugs, causing disturbance and trouble in this area, and police are well aware of these people."

Steven Purcell, convener of Glasgow City Council's Education Services Committee, said the death had shocked the city.

He said: "This death is a tragedy not just for the pupils and staff at Bellahouston Academy, but for the whole city of Glasgow.

"At this point in time our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of Kriss Donald."

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."


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The BBC's Andrew Cassell
"The police say they are keeping an open mind as to why he was killed"



SEE ALSO:
Community's shock over killing
17 Mar 04  |  Scotland
Body of abducted boy found
16 Mar 04  |  Scotland


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