Man Charged With Asad Shah Murder

29 March 2016, 17:40

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a respected shopkeeper.

Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, is accused of killing Asad Shah, 40, outside his convenience store in Glasgow's Shawlands area on Thursday night.

Ahmed made no plea or declaration at the brief hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody pending a further court appearance.

Police had previously described the incident as a "religiously prejudiced'' attack and confirmed both men were Muslims.

Mr Shah was discovered outside his shop on Minard Road and taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His death shocked members of the local community, who came together for a silent vigil on Friday which was attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Dozens of floral tributes were laid near his shop and a fundraising page set up on the GoFundMe website in support of his family has raised more than #94,000.

Mr Shah moved to Scotland from Pakistan in the 1990s with his family.

His shop regulars described him as a ''pillar of the community'' and a "wonderful and gentle man''.

He had posted a Facebook message on Thursday wishing all Christians a happy Easter.

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