Community rallies to the tune of £102,000

Floral tributes to Asad Shah have poured in since his death last week.
Floral tributes to Asad Shah have poured in since his death last week.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Asad Shah’s death, and appeared in court where he made no plea or declaration.

But it’s the true strength of community which has come to the fore in the hours and days following Asad’s murder, with candlelit vigils being held, and now a GoFundMe supporters page, has raised the amazing sum of £102,130 from 5099 donations in just over 4 days.

Neighbours who created the page said: “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.

“It quickly became clear to us in the aftermath of this tragedy that people were looking for a way to show their support and we thought this would be a fitting way to do so.”

The family of Asad have disclosed they now fear for their lives following the brutal attack.

Asad’s wife and family said they had been left “heartbroken” but had been overwhelmed by the messages of support they had received from the local community in Glasgow.

But they only spoke on the condition their names were not published for fear of retribution and told us they have been advised by the police to be careful what they say.

Mr Shah’s heartbroken widow fought back tears as she described her husband as a ‘kind man who was always smiling’.

She said: “He looked after me and his parents and was loved by many, many people in the area… I keep thinking he is going to walk back through the front door. We are still coming to terms with all this.”