HUNDREDS of people have turned out to say goodbye to murdered dad-of-two Tipu Sultan at his funeral today.
The 32-year-old from Millfield, Sunderland, was shot dead outside his family’s takeaway in Lake Avenue, South Shields, on Tuesday April 7.
An outdoor vigil took place outside the Herbs & Spice Kitchen premises last night.
His funeral took place at at the Sunderland Bangladeshi Centre in Hendon this afternoon, with hundreds attending to say prayers for him, before burial at Seaburn Cemetery in Sunderland.
Leaders of Wearside’s Bangladesh community said they were still shocked at Mr Sultan’s brutal death and called for those with information regarding the murder to come forward.
Syed Khalid Miah Olid, chairman of Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre, said: “This has been such a bad thing, not only for the Bangladesh community, but the wider community as well.
When you look at his two kids they think that their dad is coming home. They don’t realise that they will not seeing him again.Syed Khalid Miah Olid, chairman of Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre
“Hopefully, the police can find this person and Tipu Sultan’s family can get justice.”
Mourners had travelled from all over the country to pay their respects to Mr Sultan, a Sunderland AFC supporter who was a regular visitor to the Stadium of Light with his seven-year-old son.
“People have come from Darlington, Newcastle, Hartlepool, even Manchester, Liverpool and London,” added Mr Miah.
“This is something which has never happened in the North East in the 42 years I’ve lived here.”
Repeating calls for those with information about the murder to come forward, he added: “Somebody out there knows who this killer is and I would ask them to come forward so that they can be brought to justice.
“When you look at his two kids they think that their dad is coming home. They don’t realise that they will not seeing him again.”