Tributes paid to much-loved Shotts man as 'murder' probe into death continues

Tributes have poured in from 'heartbroken' friends and family following the 'murder' of a Lanarkshire man.

John Cairns was pronounced dead at a property in Shiel Gardens in Shotts at around 8.20am on Thursday, May 9. Emergency services had initially been called to the property following reports that a man had been found with serious injuries.

Medics battled to save the 24-year-old's life, however, he was tragically pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

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Police are now treating the death as murder following a post-mortem examination. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

Door-to-door inquiries are also being carried out and authorities are asking anyone in the area with dash or door cameras to check the footage.

Heartbroken friends and family have since taken to social media to pay tribute following the tragic incident.

One person wrote: "My nephew's life has been taken away from him in the cruellest way. Our hearts are shattered buddy."

A second said: "Rest easy wee man. Your life was never easy from a young age and my heart breaks for you. You did not deserve this. So young with your full life still in front of you. I'll never understand why. Your dogs are in safe hands wee pal."

Another added: "I can’t even put into words the shock at this devastating news. My heart goes out to his family, I just can’t believe the wee boy I watched growing up went through such a horrendous tragedy."

A fourth said: "I am broken. Another one of my best friends was taken away in the cruelest way imaginable. You rest easy wee man you deserve to be free of your demons. Brightest star in the sky. You have also taken a part of me with you."

A fifth wrote: "Absolutely heartbreaking! Was the nicest boy about."

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