A CLOSE friend of a man found dead on a beach has led heartfelt tributes to the music lover.
The body of Scott Hamilton, a former pupil at Preston Lodge High School, was discovered in Prestonpans early on Saturday morning.
Police are treating the 27-year-old’s death as “unexplained” pending the result of a post-mortem examination.
It is believed Mr Hamilton – known as Hammy – had been visiting friends in the hours before the 6.30am discovery, and detectives are keen to trace his earlier movements. The rap music-loving Celtic supporter, who recently moved to Port Seton from Prestonpans, is being mourned by a wide circle of friends.
A picture of his musical idol, Tupac, has been placed near the scene of the discovery, alongside CDs, flowers and cards, while a Scotland flag has been covered with tributes.
Jay Torley, from Prestonpans, said he had been friends with Mr Hamilton most of his life and had been left devastated by his death.
Mr Torley said: “He has left a big gap in everyone’s heart, including mine. Scott’s a guy that I’ve known since I was about two or three. To lose someone you have known for about 25 years is hard to take.”
Other friends and family have flocked to the scene to leave tributes. A card penned by Mr Hamilton’s young niece, Lily, read: “Miss you Uncle Scott.”
Vikki, Alanna, Gina and Rachael wrote: “RIP Hammie, God only talks to the top man. You have left so many good memories and you had so many people laughing. Have a ball up there. You will forever be remembered in the best possible way.
“You never failed to make us smile or laugh, things will not be the same without you.”
Jenny Scott Molly wrote: “RIP wee cuz. God has gained an angel.” And one friend wrote: “RIP Hammy always in our thoughts, lots of love Maz xxx”, while another wrote that he was “shocked and saddened”.
Tributes also appeared on social networking sites, with David McMonagle writing: “One of the best ever, gone but not forgotten.”
Police are still trying to piece together the final few hours of Mr Hamilton’s life.
Detective Superintendent Pat Campbell said: “We are keen to speak to members of the public who may have come into contact with Scott Hamilton or who saw him on the afternoon of Friday through to the discovery of his body the following morning.”