Jun 22 2011 by Gordon Robertson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
THE family of Whinhall murder victim Christopher Devlin have thanked the community for the “wonderful” support they have received since his tragic death.
The popular 30-year-old – affectionately known as Chrissy – was stabbed during an incident on Saturday, June 11, and died later that day at Monklands Hospital.
Joseph Docherty (29) was charged with Christopher’s murder and was due to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Tuesday.
The Devlin family have been left “devastated” by Christopher’s violent death which has also left the town in shock.
Mum Bernadette has been unable to read newspapers or visit her son’s Wester Mavisbank Avenue home, which friends have turned into a shrine to his memory.
Dad John and Christopher’s sister and three brothers are also struggling to come to terms with the tragedy that has befallen their family.
Ann McPherson, Christopher’s aunt, told the Advertiser: “Bernadette and John are totally devastated by what has happened.
“Christopher was such a happy-go-lucky boy who would never pass you in the street and always had time for everyone.
“It is comforting for the family to know that he was so well thought of and the kindness shown to Bernadette and John has been wonderful.
“We would like to thank all the neighbours and friends for their support.
“It has been a real comfort to Bernadette and John and all the family.”
A special Facebook page has been set up as a tribute to Christopher and many heartfelt messages have been left by those mourning his death.
The Devlin family are now awaiting the return of Christopher’s body and to be told they can arrange a fitting funeral.
Ann added: “We hope to get Christopher home by Saturday but we just don’t know at the moment.
“The family are anxious for that to happen.
“At the moment we are just supporting Bernadette and John as much as we can through this terrible time.”
*Joseph Docherty has also been charged with assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement in connection with an incident in South Bridge Street on Friday, June 10.