Jul 8 2011 by Jennifer Buchanan, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
POLICE investigations are continuing into the deaths of two young Ayrshire men believed to have taken extra strong ecstasy tablets.
Bellsbank dad Steven Kelly, 19, and 22-year-old Lee Dunnachie are not connected to each other, but both tragically passed away after nights out.
Steven was found dead in a Patna house in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Ex-Belmont Academy pupil Lee had been at a party in Prestwick’s Pleasantfield Road on Friday night.
Lee posted on his facebook account at 4.35am on Saturday morning saying he couldn’t sit still and there was “nae chance” he would get any sleep.
Paramedics were called to Colonsay House at 9.40am and Lee was rushed to Ayr Hospital.
Unfortunately they couldn’t save him.
Hundreds of messages from friends and family have flooded into the Celtic fan’s facebook page.
His younger sister, Tammy McCort, wrote: “I will see the brightest star in the sky and know it is my handsome big brother. I love you so much, sleep tight big brother.”
And friend Graham Menzies wrote: “You were one in a million. Miss you buddy.”
At the time of going to press, the results of the post mortem examinations of both men had not been released.
Detective Sergeant William McDicken, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our enquiries into both men’s deaths are at a very early stage, and while we cannot say for sure that they are both as a result of taking ecstasy, we have to take this matter extremely seriously and do everything in our power to make sure no-one else is affected.
“I would therefore like to reinforce the message that taking any type of illegal drugs is inherently dangerous.”
Chief Inspector Neil Kerr, who is in charge of policing in South Ayrshire, said: “This is such a tragic waste of human life, so needless and pointless.
“I would urge anyone to think about the potential consequences of their actions before they consider taking any drug.
“My thoughts are with the families and friends of these young men.”
DS McDicken added: “I would also ask anyone who has any information on drug dealing in the Strathclyde Police force area to contact their local police office or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”