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Family appeal over Jack Doyle's murder in Greenock

Jack Doyle - pic from Strathclyde Police
Image caption Jack Doyle's body was found behind houses in Greenock

Relatives of a teenager who was murdered in Greenock have appealed for help in catching his killer, saying they have been devastated by his death.

Jack Doyle, 17, was found at the rear of houses on Hope Street, near Antigua Street, at about 09:45 on 3 January. He died from serious injuries.

In a statement, his family said he was "a very loving and caring son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend".

They appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

'Popular boy'

In a statement released by Strathclyde Police, the family said: "Jack was a very loving and caring son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

"He was a very popular boy, had a number of close pals, but also loved to spend time at home with his family.

"Our family is very close and this has totally devastated all of us. It is hard to even think that we will ever cope with the grief."

Image caption Jack's aunt Elaine's Doyle was murdered in Greenock in 1986

The family said they were "taking each day as it comes" and hoping that Jack's killer would be brought to justice.

The statement added: "Our entire family continues to appeal to anyone, if you have any information about Jack's death, then please contact the police."

Det Ch Insp Duncan Sloan, who is leading the investigation, said: "This is clearly a very upsetting and trying time for the family, who are still reeling from the violent death of their beloved son.

"We are continuing extensive inquiries, and we would urge anyone who knows anything about the murder to get in touch.

"It is imperative we trace the person responsible."

Earlier this month, it emerged that Jack was the nephew of Elaine Doyle, who was strangled in Greenock in 1986 when she was 16.

Her unsolved murder was the subject of an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme last year.

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