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Man remanded on murder charge after death of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah

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.

The fundraising page set up by customers and friends of Mr Shah has now passed £100,000 in donations.

The initial target was just £1,500 and the organisers described the growing total as "absolutely incredible".

A description of the Go Fund Me page said: " 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 community .

"The support we've received so far has been absolutely incredible and we would like to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated and left messages of support already.

"Once the campaign has ended, all funds raised will be transferred to the Shah family."


From Belfast Telegraph