Saturday 1 October 2016

Daughter pays tribute to company boss shot dead in Birmingham warehouse raid

Matthew Cooper

Published 10/02/2016 | 14:24

Lilas Javeed (right), daughter of Akhtar Javeed, during a police press conference to appeal for information about the murder of her father in the Digbeth area of Birmingham Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Lilas Javeed (right), daughter of Akhtar Javeed, during a police press conference to appeal for information about the murder of her father in the Digbeth area of Birmingham Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The daughter of a businessman who was shot by armed raiders has described his murder as "horrific" - and urged anyone shielding his killers to give her father justice.

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Lilas Javeed described Akhtar Javeed - who was blasted in the neck at his Birmingham soft drinks firm - as a "humble and simple" father and grandfather who worked tirelessly to provide for his family.

Supported by her husband at a news conference, Ms Javeed said she and her three brothers had been left "shattered" by the killing.

As police revealed that Mr Javeed, 56, was shot after resisting two masked men, his daughter, from London, told reporters: "Everything has changed since the day he was taken from us.

"A devoted husband and caring father who selflessly did everything he could to look after the ones he loved is now gone, after having to suffer such a horrific attack.

"It breaks our hearts knowing that his last moments were not spent with us as they should have been."

Ms Javeed, 30, added: "Nothing will fill the hole left in our hearts. That warm, happy, and comfortable feeling we would get whenever our dad was with us will never return."

Company director Mr Javeed was killed on Wednesday last week after two offenders tied up staff as they attempted to rob his warehouse in Rea Street South, Digbeth, at about 6.30pm.

The victim, who lived in east London, was found injured in the street near his firm's car park but died in hospital.

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