Heartbroken friends and family have paid tribute to a young Scottish father who was killed ‘for no apparent reason’ after being attacked on a street in Ayrshire.
The 23-year-old, locally named as Sean McKay, was pronounced dead at the scene on St Margaret’s Drive in Dalry after police were called shortly after 9pm on Sunday.
A major investigation has been launched into his death, which is currently being treated as ‘suspicious’ by police.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the incident, the attacker or who helped Sean at his last minute to come forward if they have not already done so.
They say the suspect is described as a white man who was wearing a dark jacket at the time of the incident.
Heartbroken family and friends have paid tribute to the father of one on social media as they struggle to come to terms with his tragic death.
Sister Samantha McKay said: “Hearts are completely broken. My little brosky. ”
A friend wrote: “Really can not understand this news at all! Hearts truly broken for his family and friends in this sad time. You were one in a million Sean, that’s for sure. ”
Another said, “RIP Most beautiful soul. Forever in our hearts. “
Another friend added: “Sean left a beautiful baby – all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, awful.
“The thoughts are with Sean’s family and little boy right now.”
A third shared the police appeal and wrote: “Get this shared, anyone know anything. He will not see his father again. Life is too f *****. RIP Sean. ”
A fourth added: “Can’t get my head around this at all. Why you’re soon taken Sean McKay. ”
And another wrote: “RIP little man. One of the loudest guys, a famous man. Hopefully they find the person who did this to you.
“The heart goes out to you and your family. Life is taken for f *** everyone. Hope they find the person. Rest easy little man. ”
Detective Stephen McCulloch, Saltcoats CID, is leading the investigation into Sean’s death.
He said: “This young man appears to have been attacked and killed for absolutely no other reason than to be in the same place as the man at the same time.
“There were a number of people on the street who came to the man’s help and called an ambulance, and we believe that we have managed to talk to most of them, but we would still appeal to everyone who was there, but who have not yet reported to the police to get in touch.
“I would also ask motorists who may have dash cams to check their footage from the streets around the area, perhaps between 20:50 and 21:10, and also to call the police.”
Information can be passed on to officers at Saltcoat Police Station via 101 indicating reference number 3404 on Sunday, October 10, 2021.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where details can be given in confidence.
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