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'Rest easy pal': Inverness dad who was violently murdered 'had a heart of gold'


By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Tributes have been left outside the house Ross MacGillivray was violently murdered in.
Tributes have been left outside the house Ross MacGillivray was violently murdered in.

Police remain at the scene of the brutal murder of Inverness dad Ross MacGillivray last weekend.

Tributes have been left outside the property where Ross was 'violently murdered'.

The 36-year-old was found dead from horrific injuries in a house in St Ninian Drive at around 12.10am on Sunday.

Two men were seen entering the St Ninian Drive property at about 10.20pm on Saturday and leaving shortly after midnight.

Flowers have been left outside the house where Inverness dad Ross MacGillivray was murdered.
Flowers have been left outside the house where Inverness dad Ross MacGillivray was murdered.

One message said: "Rest easy pal" with a bunch of white roses attached.

A close friend of Ross, Lewis Stewart, said: "Until a few days ago we would speak daily and this will haunt me for a long time.

"Ross MacGillivray, fly high with the angels. I now have very little reason to ever pass Inverness again except but to lay you to rest.

"You have left me with a piece missing from my heart, a piece that will forever long be a lengthily phone call with you, or a ridiculous hike for absolutely no reason.

"You had a heart of gold and wore your heart on your sleeve.

"Today has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I can't even begin to explain my feelings.

"Ross I beg in my heart's core that you didn't suffer.

"Huge love to his family and his three wee diamonds who I got to know well and even took the time to send Ross money so he could put it under their pillow the other week when one of their teeth fell out.

"I will love and miss you. Rest in peace"

The murder investigation into Ross MacGillivray continues.
The murder investigation into Ross MacGillivray continues.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacDougall is leading the murder investigation alongside officers from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team.

He said: “Extensive enquiries remain ongoing into the death of Ross MacGillivray and we are continuing to appeal to the public for information which could help our investigation.

“An extensive police presence remains in the area, including detectives from our Major Investigation Team and local officers from Highland and Islands Division.

“If anyone has concerns or information about Ross’s death then I would urge them to speak to any of our officers."

Anyone with information can call 101, quoting reference 0031 of Sunday, November 12, 2023, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.




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