Community in shock at death of popular shopkeeper

Floral tributes have been laid outside Mr Shah's shop
Floral tributes have been laid outside Mr Shah's shop

A devastated community is struggling to come to terms with the death of a popular and greatly respected shopkeeper.

Asad Shah (40) was found with serious injuries in Minard Road in Shawlands around 9pm on Thursday evening.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Members of the Shawlands community held a vigil outside Mr Shah’s shop on Friday night amid a sea of floral tributes and candles.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Mr Shah’s death.

A statement released by Police Scotland said: “A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of Assad Shah (40).

“Mr Shah was discovered with serious injuries in Minard Road, Glasgow at around 9.05pm on Thursday, March 24.

“He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.”

A full investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death, which is being treated as religiously prejudiced.

Mr Shah was a popular person in the community. One man posted on Facebook: “He is the kindest man I have ever met in my life and had so much time and love for everyone. He is the most peaceful and sweetest man I ever had the pleasure of meeting.

“Everytime I was in the area I would make an effort to go in for a chat. He always made an effort to get us Easter cards or any other occassion cards as he did for all his friends in the area. He was a true gentleman and a very popular and upstanding member of the southside community.”