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Gay man savagely beaten, burned alive in Scotland

The charred and badly beaten body of a gay man was found tied to a lamppost by the side of a road in Ayrshire, Scotland, over the weekend.

Police in the southwestern Scottish county said they were not ruling out the possibility that Stuart Walker, 28, was killed in an anti-gay attack, The Scotsman reported. Police described Walker’s injuries as “horrific.”

Walker had been out with friends earlier in the night. He was last seen alive by a family friend at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Police said there were several house parties in a nearby housing estate in the early hours of Saturday morning. They’ve asked for anyone with information to come forward.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said, “In terms of claims of his sexuality and lifestyle we are not ruling out any aspect of his life to try and identify why someone would want to kill him.”

She added: “His body was scorched but it is believed that this was not the cause of his death. We are looking at CCTV and conducting door to door inquiries.” (CCTV refers to closed-circuit television systems used for surveillance.)

Nearby streets were sealed off as part of the ongoing investigation.

Kazza Sutherland, who worked with Walker at the Royal Hotel in Cumnock, described him as “a great guy.”

“I hope they catch those who did this to him. Hopefully justice will be served and I hope those who did this go to hell,” she said.

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