A 40-year-old man, Mr. Asad Shah, was attacked with a knife and brutally murdered outside his shop in Glasgow around 9pm on Good Friday’s eve.
The popular shopkeeper, originally from the Pakistani city of Rabwah, was apparently enthusiastic to be hosting a meeting with Christian friends about the importance of Easter.
Shah spoke against hatred and violence, calling for ‘unconditional real love for all mankind’. He took to Facebook around 5:10pm and posted.
‘Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation. Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.’
Four hours after his post, Mr Shah was in a pool of his own blood at the side of the road.
An ambulance crew arrived and performed CPR on him at the scene, and took him to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he later died.
A shocked and distraught neighbour on the morning of Good Friday said:
“This is disgusting. Mr Shah was the most peace-loving man you could meet.”
He was proud of his Pakistanti heritage but he loved Britain. He loved Scotland too and really wanted to reach out to Christians. This is such a terrible thing to happen.”
“Officers are currently pursuing a positive line of inquiry in connection with the death. Closures are in place at Pollokshaws Road and Titwood Road while inquiries are conducted at the scene,” said a Scotland Police spokeswoman.