Family Pay Tribute To 'Much Loved Man' Murdered In Park

12 July 2017, 19:30 | Updated: 12 July 2017, 19:44


The family of a man murdered in a park have paid tribute to a ''much loved son, brother, uncle and friend''.

Jason McCue, 43, was found seriously injured in John Hastie Park, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, at 1.30pm on Tuesday.

He was treated by paramedics for his injuries but died at the scene.

Police are treating his death as murder.

In a statement released through police Mr McCue's family said: ''The family of Jason McCue are deeply saddened by his untimely death.

''Jason was a much loved son, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed. The family have asked for privacy at this time to come to terms with their loss.''

Mr McCue was from East Kilbride.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bell said: ''At this time, we believe that the man who died was the intended target and that this was not an opportunistic or random attack, however that does not make it any less serious or catching his killer of any less importance to us.

''From our enquiries so far, we know that there had been a disturbance in the park involving at least three men and the man that died.

''It was a brazen attack, in the middle of the afternoon and in a very public place.

''There were a good number of people in the park at the time, thankfully none of whom were injured during the attack, nonetheless it was shocking and upsetting for them to witness.

''Officers are checking CCTV in the park and the surrounding area to trace those responsible as well as speaking to people in and around the park.''

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

Anyone with information about the incident should call 101 and quote reference number 1548/11/07.