Prayers for Rotherham murder victim

Local people pray outside a shop in Grosvenor Road, Rotherham where Parvaiz Iqbal was killed.
Local people pray outside a shop in Grosvenor Road, Rotherham where Parvaiz Iqbal was killed.
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Prayers were said in the street for the family man macheted to death by a crazed killer - a second-generation British shopkeeper whose hardworking father set up Rotherham’s first Halal butcher’s 35 years ago.

Father-of-three Parvaiz Iqbal’s elderly dad Mohammed came to South Yorkshire from Pakistan to work in the steel industry.

He set up the shop in Eastwood - where his son, 40, went on to be murdered - after spotting a gap in the market in the town he came to call home.

Today - as Mr Iqbal struggled to make it back to Britain from a visit to his birth country - bouquets of flowers mounted at the tragic scene and a community was in mourning for a man many have known for decades.

“This is a tragic loss of somebody loved by all,” said Jahangir Akhtar, councillor for Rotherham West and a friend of the Iqbals.

“Parvaiz was a traditional shopkeeper who was an integral part of the community.

“He was known by hundreds, if not thousands, of people all over the town - they were famous for their meat.

“He took over the shop, which was Rotherham’s first Halal butcher, from his father. It has been open for around 35 years.

“I went with my wife to the mosque to pay my respects and I can honestly say I’ve never seen so many people at a wake.”

A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remained in custody.