Teen, 13, charged with murder after popular young footballer dies in Glasgow park 'disturbance'

Kory McCrimmon
-Credit: (Image: Police Scotland)

Police have launched a murder probe after a 16-year-old boy died following an incident at a park in Glasgow.

Kory McCrimmon was seriously injured during a disturbance at Greenfield Park in the Cranhill area of the city which at around 8.15pm on Friday, May 31. Ambulance crews attended and the youngster was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he died on Sunday afternoon.

Police Scotland confirmed that a 13-year-old male was arrested and charged in connection with the death. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday charged with murder.

Kory McCrimmon when he played for Easterhouse Football Academy.
Kory McCrimmon when he played for Easterhouse Football Academy. -Credit:Easterhouse Football Academy.

He made no plea, was committed for further examination and remanded in custody. He will appear at court again with the next eight days.

Court papers state that the boy stabbed Kory on the body with a knife or a similar bladed article.

The 13-year-old was initially charged with attempted murder.

Kory's youth football club has made a heartbreaking plea to youngsters not to carry knives after the death of the former player.

Easterhouse Football Academy made the emotional post after friday's tragedy.

The post read: "Can’t believe we are writing this. Today our former player Kory passed away after a knife incident on Friday night. A 16 year old kid that played for our 2008 age group only a few month ago. It's heartbreaking.

"Football brings people together and forms team mates and friends for life happy times, win lose or draw, but in days like today we lose a young person in a senseless incident."

The post also said it was "unthinkable and hard for Kory's coaches and team mates", adding: "Can't imagine what Kory's family are

going through".

The club added: "We need to try to educate the younger generation about the dangers of carrying a knife and the devastation that it can cause. RIP Kory."

The club remembered the teenager as a "great kid" and a "grafter on the field".

They said: "Everyone at Easterhouse Football Academy is devastated to hear about the loss of Kory.

"Kory was a great footballer but he was an even better kid. A wee grafter on the field but always smiling.

"A great kid who will be missed by everyone at Easterhouse

"We will keep the memories of Kory forever."

The post included a picture of Kory in his younger days, wearing one of the club's red and black home kits and clutching a trophy.

Tributes were also paid to Kory on the social media site. One, accompanied by star, angel and love heart emojis, said, "Our Kory. Absolutely devastated."

Another added: "RIP to Kory, your family must be broken into a million pieces. Thoughts are with everyone at this horrific time."

A third tribute, which also contained a love heart emoji, read: "Rip wee man. This world is just getting worse by the minute." A fourth person wrote: "Heartbreaking, such a cruel world we live in."

Detective Inspector William Downie, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Our thoughts are very much with Kory’s family at what is a very difficult time. They have asked for privacy. Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances and there will be a continued police presence in the area. Extra patrols are being carried out and anyone with concerns should approach an officer.

“There were a lot of people in the park at the time and we are asking anyone who has not already spoken to officers to get in touch. If you can assist please call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 3996 of Friday, May 31, 2024.”

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