Tributes paid to 'shining light of good' Haji who died after stabbing in Coventry on Sunday - The Coventry Observer

Tributes paid to 'shining light of good' Haji who died after stabbing in Coventry on Sunday

Coventry Editorial 5th Oct, 2022   0

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who died after a stabbing in Coventry.

In a statement, the family of 52-year-old Haji Choudhary Rab Nawaz 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.”




Police were called to the Jamiah Masjid and Institute – at the junction of Durbar Avenue and Queen Mary’s Road – just after 9pm on Sunday.

Mr Nawaz was found injured and despite the best efforts to save him, he died a short time later.


An investigation and appeal was launched.

Two men, aged 27 and 56, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier in the week and remain in custody after officers were granted further time to question them.

Four more people were arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday) in connection with the incident.

Three of those – aged 20, 23 and 29 – will now also be questioned on suspicion of murder and a 54-year-old man for assisting offenders.

West Midlands Police said it was still keen to hear from witnesses or anyone with information which could help with the investigation as officers strove to get justice for Mr Nawaz.

Det Supt Shaun Edwards said Mr Nawaz’s family were being supported by specially trained officers and the force did not believe it was linked to any other incidents or disputes either in Coventry or the wider West Midlands.

Any mobile phone or dashcam footage, or other information, can be uploaded here.

People can also contact officers via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk or by calling police on 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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