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Tributes to Blantyre student murdered in street attack

Reamonn Gormley
Image caption Reamonn Gormley died in hospital after being stabbed

A 19-year-old student who was murdered in an unprovoked street attack in South Lanarkshire has been described as an "outstanding individual".

Reamonn Gormley was stabbed on Glasgow Road, Blantyre, at about 2255 GMT on Tuesday. He died later in hospital.

Police want to trace two men in connection with the murder.

Eddie Morrison, the head teacher at Mr Gormley's former school, John Ogilvy High in Hamilton, described his death as a "dreadful loss".

'Gifted student'

"Reamonn Gormley was quite simply an outstanding young man," he said.

"The whole school is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Reamonn - who was in every sense, a model pupil.

"He is held in the highest regard by every member of staff who had the privilege and honour to teach him.

"Throughout the three years that I knew him I found him to be the first to volunteer if there was any opportunity to contribute to the school or the wider community.

"He was a boy who instinctively knew how to do the right thing, an excellent gifted student, footballer and sportsman. You just couldn't have met a nicer young man."

Mr Morrison said Reamonn's family were in the school community's prayers.

"There are no words to describe the loss which this school community feels but we cannot begin to imagine the sense of loss felt by his family and friends of which he has many," he said.

It is understood that Mr Gormley was a psychology student at Glasgow University.

He was attacked by two men while walking home with a friend from Blantyre's Parkville pub, where they had been watching the Aberdeen v Celtic game.

Mr Gormley's friend managed to take him back to the Parkville, where paramedics were called.

He was taken to Hairmyers Hospital in East Kilbride, where he later died.

Suspect descriptions

Police said they were looking for two white men in connection with the attack.

The first suspect is described as being about 5ft 6in (1.65m) tall with a stocky build. At the time he was wearing a dark-coloured hooded top with the hood up and a scarf covering his face.

The second suspect is described as being about 5ft 7in tall (1.7m), with a heavier build. He was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up and white trainers.

Det Ch Insp Robbie Allan, of Strathclyde Police, said: "We have had a good response from the public since Reamonn's murder and due to the information provided from the local community, we are now following a number of positive lines of inquiry.

"I would like to thank the community for their response so far and I am confident that with the help of the local people, we will catch those responsible for this senseless murder.

"However, as with every investigation of this nature, there will always be those, who for whatever reason, are reluctant to talk to us."

Det Ch Insp Allan said "a number of rumours" had been circulating locally but asked people to "concentrate on the facts of the story".

"He had just left a local bar with a friend and was walking along Glasgow Road, when for no apparent reason, he was attacked by two men," the police officer said.

'Tragic murder'

"His family, as you will appreciate, are devastated, as are local people in this tight-knit community.

"As I said, I believe that local people hold the key to solving this tragic murder and would therefore urge anyone who has any information to do the right thing and contact us."

Meanwhile, friends of Mr Gormley have posted tributes to him on a web page set up in his memory.

One posted by Josh Thomson said: "Rest in peace Reamonn. God only takes the best. You might be gone, but you will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this horrific time."

Another, posted by Joyce Short, said: "Thinking of you always. We miss you more each day. Forever we will love you and in our hearts you'll stay."

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