11:36am UK, Thursday August 11, 2011
Haroon Jahan, 21, died alongside two brothers after being hit by a car on Dudley Road in the Winson Green area of Birmingham in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The two other victims have been named locally as Shezad Ali and Abdul Musavir.
Haroon’s father, Tariq, said: “Last night we lost three cherished members of our community.
“They were taken from us in a way that no father, mother, sister or brother should have to endure.
“Today we stand here to plead with all the youth to remain calm (and) for our communities to stand united. This is not a race issue.
“Blacks, Asians, whites – we all live in the same community. Why do we have to kill each other?
“I lost my son. Step forward if you want to lose your sons. Otherwise, calm down and go home.”
He also called for witnesses and said people should have faith in the police.
But after he spoke, some tension erupted and onlookers began shouting, upset about what had happened in the area.
Mr Jahan climbed onto a van and called for order. “Have some respect,” he said. “I have lost a son. Don’t kick off again.”
The deaths occured in the same area that suffered riots involving clashes between groups of Asian and black youths in 2005.
And Dr Derrick Campbell, a community leader in the affected area of Birmingham and chief executive of Race Equality Sandwell, said it was important those tensions were not reignited by recent events.
“We don’t want this to be seen as a race thing,” he said.
“The different communities here have always stood together and will continue to do so.
“We have recognised that it could easily tip in the direction of a racial, but we are determined to ensure that doesn’t happen.
“There have certainly been no reprisals so far and we hope that remains the case.”
Prime Minister David Cameron described the apparent hit-and-run killings as a “truly dreadful incident” and offered his condolences to their families.
Mr Jahan earlier described the moments the tragedy unfolded and said his son was “trying to help the community”.
“I heard a thud, ran round and saw three people on the ground,” he said.
“My instinct was to help the three people. I did not know who they were, who had been injured.
“I helped the first man and somebody told me my son was lying behind me so I started CPR on my own son.
“My face was covered in blood, my hands were covered in blood.”
Resident Mohammed Abdullah was driving down the street when the incident happened.
“I saw two cars hit a number of people, who flew high up in the air,” he said.
“I was driving directly behind them – I saw a silhouette of two bodies going up in the air and landing down.”
At a news conference, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Chris Sims said one man had been arrested for murder “because the information we have would support that a car was deliberately driven”.
Mr Sims appealed for more information from the public. He said he was did not want a single incident to lead to “distrust” and “violence” between different communities.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
819665 11815 51
his path of destiny = 51 = Killed. Murdered.
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