Shooting victim Stephen Pollock's mother begs for help
The mother of a young man who was shot dead in Renfrewshire has "begged" the public for help in catching his killer.
The body of 21-year-old Stephen Pollock was found at a house in Weaver Terrace, Paisley, at about 23:15 on Wednesday, following a disturbance there.
His mother, Nancy, said she could not believe he had been "brutally murdered and won't be here for Christmas".
"If anyone has information which may help the police, please, I'm begging you, please come forward," she said.
Emergency services were called to the house in Weaver Terrace following reports that a man had been injured. Local residents said gun shots had been heard.
Det Supt Alan Buchanan, who is leading the investigation, said Mr Pollock had "sustained a gunshot wound" and although paramedics were quickly at the scene they had been unable to save him.
"We last know that Stephen was in the Paisley area at 15:30 in the afternoon of the Wednesday and, thereafter, we don't know where he was.
"We are appealing for any member of the public that may have information regarding his murder, and specifically his movements from 15:30 onwards until he arrived at Weaver Terrace at night."
Det Supt Buchanan said Mr Pollock was well known in the Hunterhill area of the town as "Pollock" and was usually seen walking his golden retriever dog.
He added: "Somebody out there will have information which can assist us.
"The people responsible will have either confided or boasted to someone that they were responsible."
Speaking at the same news conference, Mr Pollock's mother, Nancy, made an emotional appeal for help in catching his killer.
She said: "Stephen was a great son and much loved by all the family. I can't believe he has been so brutally murdered and won't be here for Christmas.
"We had to break the news to his wee sister, who is only six, this morning and she is absolutely heartbroken.
"She asked me if she won't be her brother's girl anymore."
Mrs Pollock, 41, said the family's lives would never be the same again.
"We will never get over, not only losing Stephen, but losing him in such a horrific and tragic way." she said.
"No family should have to put up with what we have suffered.
"If anyone has information which may help the police, please, I'm begging you, please come forward."