Vigil for shopkeeper killed in 'religiously prejudiced' attack


Hundreds of people have gathered for a silent vigil to honour a respected shopkeeper killed in what police are treating as a "religiously prejudiced" attack.

Asad Shah, 40, was found seriously injured outside his shop in Minard Road in the Shawlands area of Glasgow on Thursday night.

He was taken to the city's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with his death.

Police Scotland said: "A full investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death which is being treated as religiously prejudiced."

Both Mr Shah and the arrested man were Muslims, officers have confirmed.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined an estimated crowd of 400-500 people on Friday evening for the vigil to show solidarity and remember Mr Shah.

Ms Sturgeon, whose constituency covers the area, tweeted afterwards: "Moved to be one of hundreds tonight as Shawlands united in grief for Asad Shah and support for his family."

Those attending were encouraged to bring a daffodil. Many laid flowers and lit candles during the gathering.

One of the vigil organisers, Eildon Dyer, said: "It was very respectful. There were a lot of people clearly very upset. There were a lot of tears and lots and lots of flowers.

"Everybody has said he was the nicest man. He was clearly much-loved. Everybody had nice stories to tell about him and warm stories. It's just very, very sad."