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Tributes paid to ‘loving family man’, 52, stabbed to death during brawl outside a Coventry mosque

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Tributes have been paid to a ‘humble loving family man’ who was viciously stabbed to death during a mass knife brawl outside a mosque.

Haji Choudhary Rab Nawaz, 52, who was described by his family as a ‘dependable shining light of good’, was knifed when violence erupted in Coventry at 9pm on Sunday.

Emergency services rushed to the Jamiah Masjid & Institute, to reports of a mass brawl involving a large group of men, some armed with knives, following a funeral prayer being held at the mosque.

Sadly Mr Nawaz could not be saved despite the ‘tireless’ efforts of medics.

West Midlands Police originally arrested two men, aged 27 and 56, on suspicion of murder and they remain in custody.

A further three men – aged 20, 23 and 29 – have since been detained on suspicion of murder while a 54-year-old man was arrested for assisting offenders.

Police stressed they believe the tragic incident was an ‘isolated dispute’ and not related to any other incidents across the West Midlands where community tensions have flared up in recent weeks.

Haji Choudhary Rab Nawaz, 55, was fatally stabbed during violent scenes outside a mosque in Coventry on Sunday, which led to six men being arrested

Police at the scene at Queen Mary's Road in Coventry after a 52-year-old man was stabbed to death

Police at the scene at Queen Mary’s Road in Coventry after a 52-year-old man was stabbed to death

A witness said many of those involved in the fatal brawl 'had knives and machetes'

A witness said many of those involved in the fatal brawl ‘had knives and machetes’

In a statement today, Mr Nawaz’s family said: ‘We thank the emergency services for their tireless effort for trying to save our father.

‘We are hopeful in the police investigation and we, the family, want all those responsible to be brought to justice.

‘They have extinguished a dependable shining light of good, an innocent humble loving family man, our father, our brother, our friend, Haji Choudhary Rab Nawaz.’

Local residents said the fatal mass brawl broke out in the street following a funeral at the mosque.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It was chaos, there must have been more than a dozen of them scrapping.

‘Many of them had knives and machetes and then there were police and ambulances everywhere.

‘It was something to do with a family disagreement over a funeral which had taken place at the mosque.

‘To hear somebody has been murdered over it is just so shocking – it’s yet more senseless bloodshed on our streets.’

Mohammed Nabeel Afzal Qadri, head Imam at the mosque, posted on Facebook, he said: ‘I speak on behalf of the Mosque & local community who severely condemn this vile, despicable & callous act.

‘Life of any individual is precious and sacred, For it to be lost in a moment in such a savage and brutal way is devastating.’

Haji Choudhary Rab Nawaz was described as an 'innocent humble loving family man' in a loving tribute

Haji Choudhary Rab Nawaz was described as an ‘innocent humble loving family man’ in a loving tribute

Police don't believe the incident is linked to any other incidents or disputes either in Coventry or the wider West Midlands

Police don’t believe the incident is linked to any other incidents or disputes either in Coventry or the wider West Midlands

Police say they are still keen to hear from anyone with information and urged people to get in touch online or by calling 101.

Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, from West Midlands Police, said previously: ‘We’re supporting the family of the man who has died at what is a truly awful time for them, and our thoughts go out to them.

‘We don’t believe this is linked to any other incidents or disputes either in Coventry or the wider West Midlands and it appears to have been an isolated dispute which has ended in tragedy.

‘We’ll continue to work flat out to bring all of those involved to justice.’

Officers are keen for anyone who who may have seen or recorded what happened on a mobile phone or dashcam to get in touch as soon as possible.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson added: ‘We were called to reports of a stabbing on Durbur Avenue at 9.07pm.

‘Three ambulances, three paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

‘On arrival we discovered two male patients. One was treated for very serious injuries and the second for potentially serious injuries, before they were both taken to hospital.’

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