The family of Rotherham pensioner Mushin Ahmed, who died after being savagely beaten, have spoken of their sorrow as his funeral took place today.
Mr Ahmed, aged 81, died after being attacked on his way to a mosque for morning prayers on August 10 at around 5.25am.
The pensioner suffered severe head injuries and died 11 days later in hospital.
The brief statement from his wife, Margaret, 71, on behalf of the family said: “My husband and the father of our four children was the most sincere, kind and gentle man.
“He loved Yemen, England and Ireland and was incredibly proud to be a Yorkshireman.
“We’d like to thank everyone within our local community and beyond, who have offered us overwhelming support throughout the most difficult time in our lives.
“The community has come together united in sorrow at the loss of our husband, father and friend.
“Mushin was a loving, friendly man and he would want us to try and bring something positive out of our grief, in the hope that no other families should ever have to go through this pain.”
Two men have been charged with Mr Ahmed’s murder and are currently on remand.
Rotherham men Damien Hunt, 29, of Doncaster Road and Dale Jones, 29, of East Bawtry Road will next appear at Sheffield Crown Court on November 20.