Memorial service held for murdered schoolboy Jack Frew

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Jack Frew
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Jack Frew was a popular pupil at Duncanrig Secondary School

A memorial service has been held for East Kilbride schoolboy Jack Frew, whose body was found in woodland earlier this month.

Another teenager has appeared in court charged with his murder.

About 700 friends and teachers shared "laughter and tears" with relatives at the service in Duncanrig Secondary School, where Jack was a pupil.

Meanwhile, a police confirmed the body found in the River Clyde on Friday was that of Jack's uncle, Colin Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson, 46, was last seen on 11 May, four days after Jack's death.

He had been visiting a shrine of floral tributes laid close to where his nephew's body was found.

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Friends, dressed in bright clothing, left tributes near the scene after his death

Mr Ferguson's body was found in Glasgow city centre, close to the King George V Bridge.

Police said a post-mortem examination would take place to establish the cause of death.

However, a police spokesman said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

The memorial service for the schoolboy was led by head teacher George Wynne and the Reverend Kevin McKenzie of Westwood Parish Church.

A group of Jack's friends sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", one of his favourite songs from the musicals.

"The young people showed a lot of maturity," a spokeswoman for South Lanarkshire Council said afterwards.

"They were very composed but there was laughter and tears shed for their friend Jack who they've lost.

"It was very respectful and upbeat, remembering Jack's life."

Mourners also heard a reading of the poem Remember by Christina Rossetti.

Considerate and cheerful

A tribute to the schoolboy on behalf of everyone at the school was contained in the Order of Service at the memorial.

It said that among the words staff, pupils and friends had used to describe Jack, in a Book of Condolence and on cards left with floral tributes in recent days, were "happy, fun-loving, honest, genuine, considerate and cheerful".

The tribute added: "Jack was all of these things and many more besides.

"He will remain in the hearts of those who have known him for ever."

The family later went on to a private funeral at South Lanarkshire Crematorium in Blantyre.

Craig Roy, 17, appeared on petition in private at Hamilton Sheriff Court on 10 May charged with Jack's murder.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody for further examination.

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