Family pay tribute to murdered student

SORELY MISSED: Khurram Ashraf was shot by robbers who stole £10,000 and his laptop

THE FAMILY of Manchester’s Khurram Ashraf who died after being shot in Longsight have paid tribute to him.

Mr Ashraf, aged 30, died in the early hours of Friday 4 December 2009 from a single gun shot wound to the stomach.

His cousin spoke on behalf of the family and said: “Khurram was a caring person, in fact the most caring person I knew. He was always smiling and happy and was well liked by everyone who knew him.

“He will be sadly missed by me and his family back home in Pakistan.”

Khurram originally came from this city of Gujranwala in Pakistan, where he lived with his family. He leaves behind his mum, dad, two brothers and two sisters.

He had studied literature while in Pakistan, something he thoroughly enjoyed, and came to the UK in 2005 to study business. He worked part time to pay his way while studying.

His cousin added: “His intention was one day to return to make a life in Pakistan and get a good job so he could provide for the rest of his family.

“Khurram had very strong religious beliefs and was a devout Muslim who went to the local mosque.

“I pray Khurram rests in peace.”

At 6.20pm on Thursday 3 December 2009, police were called to Stamford Road, following reports a man had been shot after a confrontation.

Khurram was taken to hospital but later died. A Home Office post-mortem examination revealed he died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Three men from the Longsight area, aged 25, 26, 29, have all been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody for questioning.

A 20-year-old man from Longsight arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed until Monday 7 December 2009, pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 0161 856 3691 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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