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Tragic Alex, 32, was training for marathon

TRAGEDY: Alex Singerman

A GLASGOW man found dead a week after going missing had been in training to run a marathon in memory of his Holocaust survivor grandmother.

Alex Singerman disappeared last Wednesday near Ayr.

Police found his car, which had run off the road, abandoned in the Auchincruive country estate with his mobile phone inside.

A witness saw the former Calderwood Lodge pupil walking away from the car.

Alex's parents Howard and Claire, family and friends made frantic appeals via the media for information leading to his return or for him to get in contact.

Thousands of messages were shared on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets.

Concerns were raised when 32-year-old Alex, who was working as an archivist for Ayr's Gaiety Theatre, failed to arrive for a meeting.

Alex, who was a talented musician and songwriter, had planned to run the Edinburgh Marathon on May 28 with his sister Jen to raise money for the Scottish Refugee Council.

On his Just Giving Page, Alex wrote: "I'm doing this in memory of my grandmother, Susan Singerman, a Hungarian survivor of Auschwitz who found a home in Scotland after enduring the horror and destruction of the Holocaust.

"She lived a full life in this country, told her story in many schools and fought against intolerance, injustice and racism.

"Once again we are living in dangerous times. I hope that by supporting the Scottish Refugee Council, we can show our solidarity with those seeking to rebuild their lives in safety.

"And I hope that we can show those who wish to close the doors and turn their backs on those in need that we will not stand for it."

FOUND A HOME IN SCOTLAND: Alex with his grandmother, Susan Singerman, in whose memory he was going to run the Edinburgh Marathon

He had hoped to raise 500 but donations on his page - justgiving.com/fundraising/Alex-Singerman1 - had reached 859 as we went to press last night.

Two weeks ago, he commented on the page: "So delighted to have hit my target already with 21 days left to go before my FIRST MARATHON (hopefully not my last). Big love. X" (sic)

His family had made an emotional appeal at Ayr police station on Tuesday

His mother said: "He left where he was working in Auchincruive and had an accident with his car. After that we are not sure what happened to him and have heard nothing since. We are living in limbo.

"All we want is him back. I fear he could be confused and got a terrible fright when his car went off the road."

His father added: "We believe he wasn't sleeping and had been emotional."

Alex's parents are members of the Gathering the Voices Association, which collects the testimonies of Holocaust survivors who settled in Scotland.

His father is the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council treasurer and the couple helped organise the Glasgow Learning Programme speaker series for Giffnock Synagogue.

It is also believed Alex had been planning a holiday in Spain with his other sister Eve, who is a teacher in Israel.

A statement released by Police Scotland after his body was found said: "A post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death, however, the death is not being treated as suspicious."


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