Paisley Daily Express
TRIBUTES TO RIVER DEATH TEENAGER WILLIAM
Linwood High youngster was ‘incredibly kind’
The devastated dad of a teen who died after being pulled from a river yesterday told the boy’s heartbroken friends “it wasn’t your fault”.
William McNally, 13, passed away in hospital days after getting into trouble in the water at the River Gryffe, where it’s understood he had been with friends.
The Linwood lad had been in a critical condition at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children before his tragic
tragic death on Saturday.
Police had received reports of a teenage boy in the river near to Auchans Farm in Houston at around 6.50pm on Wenesday evening.
In a moving message to all of William’s friends who had been with him, his dad William Senior told them not to feel any guilt about the tragedy.
“This is a very sad time for all of us,” he said.
“Please don’t blame yourself. “This was an accident. We don’t blame any of you.”
In a legacy to William, his dad and mum Sharon donated his organs to save the lives of other young people across the UK.
A fitting tribute to a boy described as “incredibly kind” by so many, William has been remembered as a “character full of life”.
Yesterday, Linwood High School, which William attended, opened to allow fellow pupils to pay their own tributes to their classmate and for the youngsters to seek emotional support.
Gillian Macartney, headteacher at Linwood High, said: “We are devastated by news of the sudden loss of William.
“This is a time of great sadness for the school community and we share the grief of the family.
“We will be providing our support to pupils and the wider school community in the coming days and weeks and will be available to support the family during this incredibly difficult time.”
The school, which had originally been due to close for an in-service day, opened between 11am and 3pm for students who wanted to come together and seek comfort from one another.
They were among hundreds of people who have shared fond memories of William.
One family member said on Facebook: “One of life’s most kindest people you could ever meet, a massive part of both mine and my son’s life, his ‘best friend’, his buddy boy, the one that taught him how to play bad guys.
“I will miss you so much William. Rest in peace.”
A Just Giving Page to support William’s parents has also been launched by a family friend.
It states: “William was a character full of life and had many wonderful quirky traits.
“Any donations would be greatly appreciated to help a devastated family that have had their world turned upside down.
“Lets help give him the send off he deserves.”
Hundreds of people have since contributed while offering their condolences to the heartbroken family. It has so far reached in excess of £10,000.
Police Scotland says its enquiries into William’s death are ongoing.
A spokeswoman said: “We were made aware of a teenage boy in the River Gryffe near to Auchans Farm around 6.50pm on Wednesday, June 2. The boy was recovered from the water and was taken to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow where he died on Saturday. Enquires are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”