Floral tributes mark city murder scene

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FLORAL tributes have been left at the spot where a Sheffield man was stabbed to death just yards away from his front door.

Three bouquets lie where the body of Zabihullah Rafiq was found slumped on the ground at around 4am on Sunday, May 29, in Gleadless Valley by a man returning home from a night out.

The 30-year-old was attacked outside the entrance hall to the Bankwood tower block, Callow Mount, Gleadless Valley, where he lived with his wife and 18-month-old daughter.

Mr Rafiq, known as Zabi, was just a few steps from the lift he would have taken to make the short journey to his flat when tragedy struck. Zabi had just driven home from his shift at Pizza Pronto on Glossop Road.

He was stabbed once in his chest and although police do not yet know the motive for the attack they are exploring the possibility that he was the victim of a botched robbery or in a case of mistaken identity.

One week on from the murder, residents in the tower block where Zabi lived are still shocked and struggling to come to terms with what happened.

Pauline Wearing, aged 72, said she was frightened in the immediate aftermath of the killing.

She added: “I still feel shocked that this could happen at the entrance to the block where I live. “I knew the victim to say hello to and he was always friendly but quiet.

“I used to see his wife with their little daughter more than him and that’s what makes this so sad - that a young woman and young child have lost somebody in this way.

“When I first found out what had happened and there were police everywhere and a cordon around the flats I didn’t feel safe at all, I felt frightened and slept with all my lights on.

“I have never seen so many police in one place at the same time.”

Two men, aged 18 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of murder last week and bailed pending further enquiries.

Contact police on 0114 2963014.