A gathering is to be held “to help find justice and comfort” a week after a man was found murdered at an Angus beauty spot.
The body of 27-year-old offshore worker Steven Donaldson was discovered at the RSPB Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve on the outskirts of Kirriemuir.
Police said that Mr Donaldson had been the victim of a “brutal and sustained attack” and are treating his death as murder.
An event page has been created on Facebook for a vigil, which is set to take place at Aikman Road, Arbroath – Mr Donaldson’s home town – at 6pm today.
In a statement on the page, Faisal Naseem said: “(It is) a week on from the heartbreaking discovery, a loss which is still the cause of numbness, denial and heartache.
“If you can, find the strength and time to gather in support for Steven to help find justice and comfort with others who shared the privilege to have known such a kind soul.
“I, like many others, can’t accept he has gone and am struggling to grip the idea of anyone hurting our Steven, who was more than just a friend to us all.”
It comes after police were seen going door-to-door at Kirriemuir’s Cortachy Road in a bid to find CCTV footage that could bring his killer to justice. Egnanoss Road still remains closed for the investigation.
Meanwhile, detectives are re-appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent James Smith of the Major Investigation Team, said: “It’s now been a week since Steven’s brutal murder and his family and friends are devastated by their loss – our thoughts remain firmly with them during this distressing time.
“This was a young man who was a son, a brother, a cousin, and a very good friend to many people. It is heartbreaking for everyone who knew Steven to try to come to terms with his life being cut short in this violent way.
“Finding Steven’s killer(s) is a priority for us, and I have a team of detectives absolutely determined to find those responsible.
“I would like to repeat our appeals to the public for assistance as I still firmly believe the answers lie within the local community.
“Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or speak to a police officer.
“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or via their anonymous online form.”
Police have a dedicated email address for information — firstname.lastname@example.org.