HeadLine: MURDER COPS HUNT GANG AFTER BOY,15, FOUND DEAD
The Mirror, 17/03/2004, p4
by SHAUN MILNE
SICKENED cops were last night hunting thugs who snatched a 15-year-old
boy off the streets before killing him in a “barbaric” attack.
Senior figures in Glasgow’s Asian community fear Kris Donald, 15, may
have been the victim of a revenge attack, amid rumours of a local Asian
girl falling pregnant.
But murder squad detectives are investigating the theory that the five
Asian attackers missed their target.
Kris, from Glasgow, was walking with his pal James Wallace, 19, when
the gang pounced.
James broke free but Kris was caught and bundled into the thugs’ car –
a silver BMW or Mercedes – in Kenmure Street, on the south side of the
city near Pollokshields.
Schoolboy Kris, just 5ft 4ins, was abducted near his home at around
3.15pm on Monday.
His stabbed and badly beaten body was found dumped in a narrow lane
close to Old Firm giant’s Celtic’s training ground on London Road
A passer-by spotted his black Lacoste tracksuit bottoms sticking out of
undergrowth at 7am and called cops.
Detectives sealed off the path and forensic experts spent the day
Cops will study CCTV footage from a Celtic social club near the
training ground as they hunt the killers. Kris’s mum Angie, 39, later
confirmed that the body was that of her son.
Det Supt Elliot McKenzie said: “This was a brutal and apparently
senseless attack on a young boy. We have yet to establish a motive.” A
report is being sent to the Procurator Fiscal but one theory is that
the attackers were after James.
A source said: “It has been suggested that one of the boys had been
having a relationship with an Asian girl. This may have been some kind
of revenge attack.”
And an Asian community source said: “We fear the worst for this boy
because it has all the hallmarks of some retribution being dished out.
“It seems there are some very heavy people involved and they don’t want
people asking too much about it.”
Another local added: “It looks like a revenge attack but people are a
bit scared to ask too many questions.”
James was unavailable for comment. But a neighbour of the Donalds’
said: “We are all scared this could boil over – it’s pretty scary.”
And as the dead boy’s family, mum Angie and teenage sister Sam, were
being comforted at their tenement flat last night, a family friend
said: “Kris has been caught in the middle of something he had nothing
to do with.”
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