Fund For Shopkeeper's Family Tops £50,000
28 March 2016, 06:33
Donations to an online fundraising page set up to support the family of a shopkeeper who died after an alleged attack outside his shop have passed the £50,000 mark.
Assad Shah was found seriously injured in Minard Road in the Shawlands area of Glasgow on Thursday night and pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
Hours earlier, the 40-year-old had wished Christians a happy Easter in a social media post, and he had previously appeared to speak out against violence.
A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Mr Shah's death.
Police Scotland said: ''A full investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death which is being treated as religiously prejudiced.''
Officers have confirmed that both Mr Shah and the arrested man were Muslims.
A GoFundMe page was created following the incident by some of Mr Shah's customers to raise funds for his family.
Posts on the page describe Mr Shah as a "popular, well-respected and much-loved'' member of the community.
Thousands of people have donated, and in two days more than £51,000 has been raised.
Two vigils were also held in the local area over the weekend.
A silent vigil on Friday evening was attended by around 400 people, including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, whose constituency covers the area.
An event held on Saturday was organised by local teenagers on social media.
Aleesa Malik, 17, said: "He would want to know how are you, what are you doing. He took an interest in everyone's lives - old, young, anyone.
''You could be any colour, that would not be an issue for him, he just cared too much."