Heartbreak of Forest Gate murder victim’s family

The family of a father of seven from Forest Gate murdered while visiting friends in Bradford have spoken of their heartbreak.

The body of Ahmedin Sayed Khyel, 35, was found by police in a lane in the Tong area of the city alongside his close friend, Shahbzada Muhammed Imran.

Two women have since been accused of their murder and an international alert has been issued for a Bradford cab driver wanted in connection with the killing and believed to have fled the country.

Mr Khyel’s family in Rutland Road, including wife Noor Shehzadi, 35, and sons Yousef, 13, and one-year-old Huzaifa, were left devastated by the news. Speaking on their behalf, his eldest daughter, 14-year-old Aisha, said: “My mum was crying so much.

“My auntie told me ‘Your dad is no more’ and she was screaming. I couldn’t believe it.

“My head just felt so heavy that I thought I was going to fall down. I went out into the garden and cried and cried. It doesn’t feel like he’s passed away. It feels like he’s on holiday. We miss him every minute of every hour of every day. He will never be forgotten.”

Mr Khyel, originally from Pakistan, had travelled to Yorkshire on the day he died and was staying with close friend Alam Badshah. The builder, plumber and electrician had returned from an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca last month and had taken gifts including dates and Zamzam water for his pals.

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He had also recently taken a trip to Kuwait and had applied for a new passport as part of plans for a round-the-world trip.

He was a keen cricketer, who had taught the sport to friend and family, and could often be seen playing in Plashet Park.

“My dad was a very friendly guy,” said Aisha. “So many people have come round, even people that we don’t know or that he just said hello to once. Now I just want everyone to pray for my dad.”

Arab Sultana, 63. and her daughter-in-law Kainat Bibi, 27, appeared at Bradford magistrates’ court charged with murder and assisting an offender, and remain in custody. West Yorkshire Police have issued a photograph of Mohammed Zubair, 31, wanted in connection with the killings. He is believed to have left the country the day after the bodies were discovered.