An 'incredibly lovely boy' with 'remarkable presence' and an 'exuberant sense of style' - tributes paid to much-loved Sheffield student who died after crash

A friend said Mohammed enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, like feeding the pigeons
A friend said Mohammed enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, like feeding the pigeons
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Tributes have flooded in to a hugely popular Sheffield student who died following a city centre collision.

Mohammed Elashry died after being involved in a collision with a yellow DAF skip truck outside the University of Sheffield's Alfred Denny Building on Brook Hill.

The 20-year-old architecture student had only been in Sheffield for a relatively short time, having moved from Kuwait to study at the university.

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But the outpouring of grief from fellow undergraduates and staff bears testament to the huge mark he made during his stay in the city - as a treasured friend, a dedicated volunteer and a gifted student.

Members of Sheffield Volunteering Committee, on whose campaigns team he served, said: "We have been deeply saddened by the recent news that our wonderful friend and committee member Mohammed passed away last week.

Mohammed Elashry

Mohammed Elashry

"Mohammed brought a remarkable presence and great energy to every Committee meeting and he will be so very missed by us and the team. He understood the importance of giving to others, and his time on the committee certainly reflects that.

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"He was an incredibly lovely boy, and our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family at this very difficult time."

Mohammed was born in Egypt but lived in Kuwait with his family before travelling to the UK.

Mina Makin, president of the Egyptian Society, to which Mohammed belonged, said: "Mohammed never stopped smiling, even when times were tough. Positivity and jubilance were his key features.

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"Since I've known Mohammed, never once have I seen anything bad from him. He was always there for me and all students who wanted help, and he would go out of his way to help people. He was a simple person who loved simplicity, whether it was taking time off to feed pigeons in the park or being simple in the way he treated life.

"He was loved by the whole society and will remain in our hearts."

Matthew Bradshaw, from the university's School of Architecture, said: "Mohammed, or Mo as he was known to his friends in the School of Architecture and beyond, was a relatively new member of the first year studio, having only transferred from engineering after Christmas. It is a sign of the young man that in such a short space of time he had formed such strong friendships within the year, and his loss is so keenly felt.

"He will be remembered for his relaxed and friendly attitude, his informality and openness, and for his exuberant sense of style. His enquiring approach to his studies and the environment around him would have served him very well in his ambition to become an architect. It is very hard to come to terms with the fact that Mo will not now have that opportunity.

"He is very much missed by all who knew him in the School of Architecture and Department of Civil and Structural Engineering."

The New English School, in Kuwait, paid its respects to a 'polite, positive and humble young man', while Siobhan Doran described him as a 'lovely young man'.

The fatal crash happened last Tuesday morning, close to the pelican crossing, as the truck was travelling away from Sheffield Children’s Hospital towards the Brook Hill roundabout.

The driver of the truck, a 51-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving before being released under investigation.

Anyone with information or dash cam footage of the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting the incident number 220 of February 27.