Over £90,000 has been raised to support the family of a popular Glaswegian shopkeeper who was murdered outside his store.
Asad Shah, owner of Shah’s Newsagents and Convenience Store, was killed in what Police Scotland have described as a ‘religiously prejudiced attack’ in Minard Road, Glasgow.
A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the crime and a full investigation is currently underway after the victim was found seriously injured and transferred to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
In just three days, more than 4,000 people have contributed to provide the family of 40-year-old Mr Shah with funeral expenses and financial security for the coming months.
The GoFundMe page was set up by four local residents and customers of Shah who wrote: ’Mr Shah was a popular, well respected and much loved member of our community and his death has devastated many.
‘He was a warm and friendly man and he always went out of his way to make time to talk to you, he was more than just our local shopkeeper. He was a friend to many.’
Another regular customer, Linda Carlisle, posted: ’I live across the road from Mr Shah’s shop and was very saddened to learn of the brutal attack on such a humble, kind, peaceful and loving man.
‘When I couldn’t open my car door he searched his shop to find the correct battery for my car key. This was the measure of the man. A generous, gentle man who took an interest in and went out of his way for others. RIP Mr Shah.’
NFRN Scottish President, David Forbes said he was “shocked and saddened by the death of fellow member Asad Shah,”
Chief executive Paul Baxter, added: “My thoughts and prayers are with Asad’s family and those who knew him as a fantastic friend.”
In the first five hours of opening, the page raised more than £5,000. It will stay open until for donations until 4 April.