We feel sick.
On Saturday, 28-year-old gay bar worker Stuart Walker was beaten, burned to death, and then left by the side of a road in Ayshire, Scotland.
It is believed that Stuart was a victim of a homophobic attack, and an investigation is currently taking place.
”Stuart had been out with friends in the Cumnock area earlier during the night and was last seen alive by a family friend near to the fire station in Glaisnock Street around 2.30am hours on Saturday morning - nearly two and a half hours before he was found."
”It is imperative that we find out where he was between 2.30am and 4.50am hours, who he was with and why this happened to him. From our enquiries so far, we understand that there may have been a number of house parties in the nearby Netherthird housing estate in the early hours of the morning - between 2am and 3am hours."
”At this time we do not know if these parties are linked to our investigation or not, so again, any information on that is important. Officers are checking CCTV and carrying out door to door in the area and we would encourage anyone with information to approach them or to call Ayr Police Office."
Terrible. We truly hope they find whoever is responsible for this horrifying murder.
Our thought and prayers go out to Stuart's family, friends, and loves ones during this unimaginably difficult time.
Rest in peace, Stuart.