A KIRKCALDY teenager who died following an assault in the town has helped save the lives of others by donating many of his transplantable organs.
Gary Wallace (17), died in Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital last Thursday following several days in intensive care after being assaulted in Kelso Place in the early hours of Sunday, March 18.
Mr Wallace donated his pancreas, heart valves, kidneys and liver to help others.
Floral tributes have been left at the end entrance of Kelso Place and his mother Jane, has paid tribute to her young son.
She said: “Gary was an amazing person, loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, friend, dad and doting uncle.
“Nothing can describe how much he will be missed and he will always be remembered for his outgoing, loving and caring personality.
“He had a heart of gold and was a lovable little rogue who was the baby of a family of five.
“He was a really helpful boy who had just begun to start his adult life, attending college and being a new dad to baby Sophie.
“He loved his two dogs Leo and Diesel, and nothing can describe the loss and pain we feel as a family.
“In this tragic time for the family, we draw comfort from the fact that he is helping to save the lives of others.
“We are grateful for the support we have received from the local community, but now need time and space to grieve and would request that we are left in peace.”
Following the incident, Mr Wallace was initially taken to Victoria Hospital before being transferred to the head injuries unit in Edinburgh, where he died last Thursday.
Detective Inspector Andrew Girdwood, who is leading what is now a murder investigation, said: “I would appeal for anyone who has any information, no matter how minor they think it may be, about this incident to contact us as soon as possible.”
A man appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court this week over the death of Gary Wallace.