Tributes have been paid to a ‘one in a million’ 15-year-old who died after being found seriously injured in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Sean Ford was pronounced dead in hospital following an incident at an address in the Craigneuk area of Wishaw.
Emergency services attended the scene on Charles Street at around 5am and police were alerted to incident by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
A 20-year-old man has since been arrested in connection with the death which police are treating as murder.
A statement has now been released by Sean’s family: “Sean was such an outgoing and intelligent young boy who brought laughter and smiles to everyone around him.
“He was always making sure others were ok. He was truly one in a million and we will never forget his big beautiful smile. He will be forever young.
“We are overwhelmed with the amount of support from his friends and would like to thank every last one of them. He was so cruelly and cowardly taken away from us and we will get justice for Sean.
“We are so heartbroken and just ask to be left to grieve.”
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Sommerville of the Major Investigation Team said: “A 20-year-old man was arrested and has now been charged in connection with Sean’s death.
“He is due to appear at Hamilton Sherriff Court on Monday, 9 March.
“Our enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding Sean’s death are still at an early stage and I want to thank the community for their support so far.
“I’d continue to urge anyone who has information which could be relevant, or who was in the area at this time, to speak to a local officer or call 101.
“Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”