Thank you for visiting out page. This campaign has now ended and we would like to say a huge heartfelt thanks for all of the kind donations and messages of support we have received. We cannot thank everyone enough, the support we have received is incredible and we are extremely grateful.
With much love and deepest gratitude,
Jen, Lauran, Ellanor & Katie x
A statement from the Shah family...
The Shah family have released the following statement and have also set up a memorial site for those wishing to leave their thoughts or memories of Asad.
"On Thursday evening (24th March), a beloved husband, son, brother and everyone’s friend, Asad Shah, was taken away from us by an incomprehensible act. We are devastated by this loss.
A person’s religion, ethnicity, race, gender or socioeconomic background never mattered to Asad. He met everyone with the utmost kindness and respect because those are just some of the many common threads that exist across every faith in our world. He was a brilliant man, recognising that the differences between people are vastly outweighed by our similarities. And he didn’t just talk about this, he lived it each and every day, in his beloved community of Shawlands and his country of Scotland.
If there was to be any consolation from this needless tragedy, it came in the form of the spontaneous and deeply moving response by the good people of Shawlands, Glasgow and beyond. As a family, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have organised and participated in the street vigils, online petitions and messages. You have moved us beyond words and helped us start healing sooner than we thought possible. You were Asad’s family as much as we are and we will always remain with you.
One of our brightest lights has been extinguished but our love for all mankind and hope for a better world in which we can all live in peace and harmony, as so emphatically embodied by Asad, will endure and prevail. Asad left us a tremendous gift and we must continue to honour that gift by loving and taking care of one another.
We will not be making any further comments on this tragedy and ask everyone, especially the media, to allow us the privacy we need to grieve and heal away from the public eye.
With deepest appreciation,
The Shah Family"
This page has been set up in in support of Asad Shah who was tragically killed outside his shop on Minard Road on Thursday 24 March. This fundraiser has been launched by myself (Jen) and friends (Lauran, Ellanor & Katie) who are all local residents in Shawlands and regular customers of Asad's. As a resident of Waverley Garden's for over 2 years, I personally got to know him whilst visiting his shop on almost a daily basis.
Mr Shah was a popular, well respected and much loved member of our commuity and his death has devastated many. He was a warm and friendy 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 the people of Shawlands (and wider) were looking for a way to show their support to Asad's family and we thought this would be a fitting way to do so.
We are raising funds for his family to use in whatever way they see most fitting - whether that be to contribute towards funeral expenses, provide financial security for his family in the coming months, or simply to do something in his memory. We know money will never make up for his loss but this is our way of showing our support for him, and showing his family how much he was cared for in our commnity.
Any donations, and kind words and memories of Asad will be gratefully received. Thanks, Jen, Lauran, Ellanor & Katie x
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