Detective Inspector John Hogg, of Strathclyde Police has said: "At this time we have nothing to indicate that this is a homophobic crime. Until we know the exact circumstances surrounding this murder, we will not rule anything out and will keep an open mind on any possible motive for this terrible crime."
Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland said:
"The news of Stuart Walker’s brutal death is horrifying and our sympathy must go to his family and friends. Stonewall Scotland are deeply worried that the police feel there may be a possibility that his death was a hate crime and we urge everyone to co-operate with the police in their investigation. Whilst we don’t yet know all the facts in this case, reports today show that there has been a fivefold increase in hate crime against LGBT people in Scotland over the past five years. Every day people are targeted simply because of who they are and while some report this to the police many do not. We pride ourselves in thinking we’re a forward thinking and tolerant nation but these figures clearly show that for many LGBT people this vision isn’t a reality."
An article in today's Herald has reported this dramatic increase in reported hate crime.
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