Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Vigil held for murdered student

Candles sit alongside a photograph of murdered Anuj Bidve during a candlelit vigil at the scene of his murder in Salford

Hundreds of people have held a candle-lit vigil at the site where Indian student Anuj Bidve was shot dead on Boxing Day.

One week on from the "horrific" murder, friends of the 23-year-old joined members of the local community for the event on Ordsall Lane, in Salford.

At the vigil, held at the spot which days ago had still been a crime-scene, a Hindu priest sang prayers and read out aloud a message in tribute to Mr Bidve, from the victim's family in India.

The message read: "He could easily bring a smile to anyone's face. His passing will not only leave a void in our lives but in the hearts of all those who knew him."

A lamppost, festooned with fresh floral tributes became the spot for an impromptu shrine, with an arc of light growing ever larger as members of the public waited in turn to place candles around a framed photo of Mr Bidve.

The apparently motiveless murder provoked national and international shock and condemnation and placed the inner-city district of Ordsall in the spotlight.

Locals were eager to tell of their disgust at the killing on their own doorstep.

Christine Hill, 51, a former nurse, from Salford, laid a bouquet with a card, reading, "Love and prayers from all the good people of Salford."

She said: "I came just to show support for the person that was murdered and for his family. This is such a horrific event to take place. I think it could have happened anywhere in the country. It's a sign of the times sadly."

Another floral tribute read: "From one proud British born Indian, in memory of a fellow Indian, love and prayers. I have lived in this city all my life and am sickened by this senseless violence."

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