Tributes pour in for father, 36, found dead in ‘brutal murder’

Police have arrested two men in connection with the death of a father in Inverness – as detectives investigated whether he may have been the victim of a gangland killing.

Ross MacGillivray – described as ‘friendly’ by those who knew him – was found with serious injuries at a property in St Ninian Drive in the Highland city shortly after midnight on November 12 and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police Scotland launched a high-tech probe into the death, using mobile phone signal analysis and automatic numberplate recognition checks in a bid to track down anyone who may have been involved in the incident.

They have now arrested two men, aged 21 and 28, in connection with Mr MacGillivray’s death. No-one has been charged with an offence.

A Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed arrests had been made, adding: ‘Enquiries are continuing.’ 

Ross MacGillivray, 36, was found seriously injured at a house in Inverness on November 12

Police stand guard outside the house in St Ninian Drive, Inverness, where a forensics tent was established after Mr MacGillivray's death

Police at the scene earlier this week. Two men have since been arrested in connection with the incident

Police set up a forensics tent outside the house in St Ninian Drive following Mr MacGillivray’s death while detectives launched an large-scale investigation.

At the time of his death, the 36-year-old had been facing revenge porn charges, according to the Scottish Sun, with bail conditions preventing him from entering certain areas of Inverness.

One line of inquiry police had earlier been probing was that Mr MacGillivray may have been the victim of a gangland attack.

A statement released by his family by police paid tribute to him as a ‘loving husband (and) a doting father’.

It added: ‘He will be especially missed but definitely not forgotten. We love you to the Moon, the stars, Jupiter and Mars.’

Friends also took to social media to share their own messages, with one describing Mr MacGillivray as ‘friendly’.

One post from a friend read: ‘You have left me with a piece missing from my heart…. a piece that will forever long (for) a lengthy phone call with you…. or a ridiculous hike for absolutely nothing really.

‘You had a heart of gold and wore your heart on your sleeve.’

Another friend wrote: ‘Absolutely devastated too hear that you’ve passed away…you were one of a kind.’

‘My heart has been broken once more….Why oh why do you put these horrible hurdles in front of us in life god,’ another post read.

It added: ‘My dear brother Ross…I can’t see for the tears.’


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