‘Shattered’ family of dad shot dead say ‘life as we knew it will never be the same’

'Shattered' family of dad shot dead say 'life as we knew it will never be the same'

The heartbroken family of a young dad shot dead said they have been left ‘shattered’ after losing their ‘friend and protector’.

Murtaza Nazir, 26, was shot in Stechford, East Birmingham, shortly before 8pm on Friday.

West Midlands Police say they are trying to understand exactly what happened and find whoever is responsible.

His devastated family paid an emotional tribute saying “life as we knew it will never be the same.”

They said as a family they are trying to heal, and hope their memories of him will get them through the hard times.

The family also asked that any “distressing footage” circulating on social media should be removed.

The scene in Stechford, east Birmingham

In a statement released through West Midlands Police, the family said: “Life as we knew it will never be the same. Our lives shattered and hearts broken.

“As a family we are united and trying to heal, but the process won’t be an easy one.

“As a family not only have we lost a father, husband, son, brother, we have lost our friend and protector.

The young dad’s family have paid a devastating tribute

“Everyone who knew him will have their own unique memory with him, and that, in these hard times will get them through it.

“All we request is for prayers for our loved one and for any videos circulating on social media to be taken down.

“We do not wish to see this distressing footage.

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“These are difficult times for us and we hope people can show compassion towards our feelings.”

They thanked emergency services for their help and said “justice will be served”, adding: “If not in this life then the hereafter.”

Police are investigating the murder

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “This is a shocking crime that has resulted in a young father losing his life. 

“I want to say thank you to the community who have really pulled together during this time and would urge anyone who has any information who have not yet spoken to us to get in touch. 

“We are working around the clock to understand exactly what happened and find those responsible.”

Police said: “We can be contacted via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101 anytime.

“Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 – tell us what you know not who you are.”

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