Family of shopkeeper Asad Shah in tribute to 'brilliant man'
Man appeared in court charged with murdering the shopkeeper outside his store in Glasgow.
The family of killed shopkeeper Asad Shah have paid a moving tribute to the "brilliant man" as they thanked the public for its supports.
Mr Shah, 40, was found with serious injuries after an alleged disturbance outside his newsagents in Minard Road, in the Glasgow's Shawlands area, on Thursday evening.
He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A man from Bradford has appeared in court charged with the murder of Mr Shah.
An online campaign was launched by the local community for the family of the popular newsagent. By Wednesday, it had raised £101,965 with donations from over 5000 people.
In a statement, the Shah family told how they have been left devastated by the shopkeeper's death and said he "met everyone with the utmost kindness and respect".
It said: "On Thursday evening, a beloved husband, son, brother and everyone’s friend, Asad Shah, was taken away from us by an incomprehensible act.
"We are devastated by this loss. A person’s religion, ethnicity, race, gender or socioeconomic background never mattered to Asad.
"He met everyone with the utmost kindness and respect because those are just some of the many common threads that exist across every faith in our world.
"He was a brilliant man, recognising that the differences between people are vastly outweighed by our similarities. And he didn’t just talk about this, he lived it each and every day, in his beloved community of Shawlands and his country of Scotland."
The family also thanked the people of Shawlands and beyond for their "spontaneous and deeply moving response".
They added: "If there was to be any consolation from this needless tragedy, it came in the form of the spontaneous and deeply moving response by the good people of Shawlands, Glasgow and beyond.
"As a family, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have organised and participated in the street vigils, online petitions and messages.
"You have moved us beyond words and helped us start healing sooner than we thought possible. You were Asad’s family as much as we are and we will always remain with you.
"One of our brightest lights has been extinguished but our love for all mankind and hope for a better world in which we can all live in peace and harmony, as so emphatically embodied by Asad, will endure and prevail.
"Asad left us a tremendous gift and we must continue to honour that gift by loving and taking care of one another.
"We will not be making any further comments on this tragedy and ask everyone, especially the media, to allow us the privacy we need to grieve and heal away from the public eye."
Donations to the family of shopkeeper Asad Shah have passed £100,000 in the six days since his death.
On Tuesday, Tanveer Ahmed, 32, appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with the murder of Mr Shah.
Ahmed, from Toller in Bradford, made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody. He is due to appear again next week.