FORMER heavyweight world champion boxer Tyson Fury has paid tribute to much-loved Coventry hit-and-run victim Adeel Gul.
Adeel, in his 20s, was struck on Sunday (October 7) at 7.50pm in Allesley Old Road in the Chapelfields area.
Police say the popular community figure was crossing the road when he was hit by a car, or possibly two, travelling at high speed.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Founder and chief executive of AG Boxing gym on Bodmin Road, Adeel provided a platform for young people to pursue the sport in the city.
Boxing maverick Fury tweeted a photo of the two together last night, saying: “RIP ADEEL GUL, may god be with your family and friends.”
It was retweeted hundreds of times and liked by over a thousand people.
Two months prior to his death, Adeel launched an appeal for donations to help him fund the gym, run entirely by volunteers.
He wrote on a JustGiving page: “This family orientated gym, which is open to all, was set up and funded by its Founder and CEO Adeel Gul.
“It is run with the help of volunteers who are providing the Advancement of Amateur Sport, physical health and benefits in terms of mental health and well being and community cohesiveness, with the promotion of sustaining physical education and development of young people from any background.
“We provide a safe and welcoming environment, and in need of updating and replacing some of our equipment and clothing provided.
“Any donation big or small would help so much.”
To donate go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/adeel-gul-1
Police are continuing their investigations into the circumstances surrounding Adeel’s tragic death.
Adeel’s brother Nadeem took to Facebook to desperately appeal for information and he has paid an emotional tribute.
He said: “Yesterday I lost my little baby brother.
“He was taken by some heartless scum who ran him over and carried on going.
“He’s taken my brother’s life and our family’s lives.
“Adeel Gul was a great person to everyone who ever knew him. I loved my brother so much.
“I just wish I could have hugged him one last time and told him how much I love him.
“Someone must know who’s done this. Get at me with a name, that’s all I want.”
On Tuesday (October 9) he thanked people for their tributes and called on those who wanted to celebrate Adeel’s life to visit the Iqra Centre mosque on Allesley Old Road.
He said: “Over the past couple of days all the support from family, friends and even strangers has been unreal.
“Adeel Gul was truly loved by many and to see how many people have payed respects from white, black, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi communities and others is evidence we are all the same.
“People you could not imagine in a mosque have been to Iqra Centre and payed respects.
“I’d like the thank everyone. Adeel will be looking down on us all with a big smile.”
Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit want to hear from any witnesses who saw the collision or a car driving nearby with front-end damage.
Detective sergeant Paul Hughes said on Monday (October 8): “I would urge any motorists with dash-cam footage who were driving near the area this evening to check their footage to see if they have caught a damaged car on camera; they could hold vital information and I would urge them to make contact.
“Similarly, if anyone living nearby has CCTV cameras that might have caught the cars immediately before or after the crash or anyone who’s witnessed anything that could help the investigation – I need these people to call me.”
Anyone with information should call West Midlands Police on 999 quoting log 2482 of 7 October or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.