‘Gifted’ teen ‘killed by dad in murder-suicide’ mourned by devastated loved ones

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A devastated Glasgow community has paid tribute to a "gifted" teenager killed in what's believed to be a murder-suicide.

Tony Thomas, 16, died alongside his father Seweryn, 40, at their home in Bishopbriggs on December 23.

Paramedics were called to the family home in Grainger Road shortly after 4pm but the two men could not be saved, Glasgow Live reports.

Following post mortems police have confirmed they have launched a murder probe, and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the tragedy.

A police source said: "It would appear that Tony's father killed him then took his own life.

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It is really heartbreaking and tragic and nobody knows what it was all about.

"There was no indication prior to this of any problem.

"The mum, Eve, had just celebrated her birthday the day before and for her to lose her son days before Christmas is especially heartbreaking."

Seweryn is believed to have run his own joinery business.

Originally from Poland, it's understood he had lived in Glasgow with Eve and their son for more than a decade.

Tony was a talented student and athlete who planned to study law. He has been described as a "trailblazer" by grieving friends at his local kayak club.

A statement from Glasgow Kayak Club Sprint and Marathon Team said: "Thank you for being a part of the GKC family. You were the first member, the big brother, the trailblazer.

"While we're no longer fortunate enough to paddle next to you, the memories you have given us will stay with us forever.

"What is sadness today will be pride tomorrow, as we smile and remember our friend Tony."

Another friend wrote: "What a positive impact Tony had upon so many lives as he developed from a boy to a young man.

"Gentle in nature, motivated, smiling and always a great ambassador for Scottish Sprint paddling."

Another member of the club said: "What a lovely young lad, sending love to Eve and all affected by this terrible loss. Rest in peace, Tony."

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