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12-year-old boy crushed to death in Sanquhar named

Despite efforts by emergency services, Kieran Esquierdo died at the scene Credit: Police Scotland

The boy who was crushed to death in Dumfries and Galloway has now been named as 12-year-old Kieran Esquierdo from Gillenburn Road in the village.

Police Scotland are continuing their investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of Kieran, in Kelloholm, Sanquhar, on Sunday 15 October.

Our thoughts are with Keiran's family and friends at this very sad and distressing time.In his few months at Sanquhar Academy, Keiran had shown himself to be a bright, hardworking and motivated student who loved animals and nature. He was highly thought of by his teachers and fellow pupils. Keiran's loss will be acutely felt across both the school community and the wider community of Upper Nithsdale.”

– Tom Snow, headteacher at Sanquhar Academy

We are deeply shocked and greatly saddened to hear of the tragic death of our former pupil Keiran. He was a considerate and gentle boy who was a popular member of our school community. He'll be sorely missed by his friends. Our thoughts are with his family and all at Kelloholm Primary School offer our heartfelt condolences.”

– Malcolm McGregor, headteacher at Kelloholm Primary School