Community pays tribute to gun victim

Funeral: Crowds pay last respects at funeral of Deeq Ali.           Picture: Sarah Washbourn.
Funeral: Crowds pay last respects at funeral of Deeq Ali. Picture: Sarah Washbourn.
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HUNDREDS of mourners gathered to say their final goodbyes at the funeral of a talented Sheffield student shot dead on a city street.

Deeq Ali, aged 18, of Catherine Road, Burngreave, was killed on Spital Hill, early on Sunday, October 30.

Seven months earlier he saw his cousin Abdulla Awil Mohammed, also 18, from Burngreave, being killed.

Mourners crowded into the mosque on Andover Street, Burngreave, yesterday to pay their last respects. Traffic came to a standstill.

Deeq, a student at Sheffield Hallam University, was shot outside the Spital Hill Plaza.

Abdi Mohammed Omar, 24, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, has been remanded in custody charged with murder. Two other men arrested have been bailed by police.

In summer Deeq had been with cousin Abdi and pals when a car mounted the pavement on Coleridge Road, Darnall and hit a sign which fell onto Abdi, fatally injuring him.

The driver Aminur Rahman, aged 20, of Jubilee Road, Darnall, admitted manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years in a young offenders’ institution this month.

Deeq was a straight-A grade student at Parkwood High School and was studying for a degree in human geography.

His former teachers had high hopes for him and were shocked and saddened.

Deeq’s murder led Sheffield MP and former Home Secretary David Blunkett to call on young people to disarm.

There have been a spate of gun attacks in Burngreave and Pitsmoor. In July 2008 Tareq Chaiboub, 17, was shot down at a barber’s shop.

The year before 16-year-old Jonathan Matondo was shot dead next to a children’s playground in Burngreave.