A MUCH-LOVED Muslim shopkeeper murdered in a street attack in Glasgow praised his “beloved Christian nation” in a final poignant message on social media.

Asad Shah died last night after being found seriously injured outside his store in Shawlands.

Police are investigating the death which has left another man in hospital.

The popular shopkeeper posted Easter greetings on his Facebook page hours before he died.

The message read: "Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation... Let's follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds."

The 40-year-old, who ran Shah's newsagents on Minard road,  was found seriously injured and taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he later died.

Locals, shocked at his death, have been laying flowes at the scene in tribute. 


Julie McRea, whose son worked as a paperboy at the shop as a youngster, said: " I just can't believe it.

"He was just such a kind man. He helped out my family when my kids were having difficulty. 

"He was a man of great wisdom. He'd send us all these amazing cards at Christmas and Easter with messages of peace.

"He helped my youngest daughter when he was having difficulty at school. 

"I just can't believe this has happened in our area. 

"He was a huge part of the community." 


Another local, Sarah Gibbons, said Asad "did above and beyond what a shopkeeper should" for many people in the area.

She laid flowers at the scene near the tragedy and left a card saying 'A big thank you' in tribute.

She said: "He always delivered my aunty's paper and my nana's paper for years.

"He was the nicest man. 

"I can't believe it. I cannot imagine what his family must be feeling. 

"You couldn't ask for a nicer guy, I can't believe it has happened. 

"Everyone loves him, everyone in the whole neighbourhood." 


The incident happened at 9.05pm at Minard Road near to the junction with Waverley Gardens.


One resident, who saw the aftermath of the attack, said: " This kind of thing just doesn't happen around here, we're so shocked by it. 

"Shah was such a nice guy, he was so friendly.

Mourners continued to visit the scene and lay floral tributes, many in tears as they visited.

Locals are to hold a silent vigil tonight at 9pm to pay their respects to the shopkeeper. 

A fund has also been set up to support Mr Shah's family and cover his funeral costs.

In less than an hour, more than £600 has been raised by locals who want to pay their respects to the "one in a million" shopkeeper. 

Karyn McAllister wrote on the fundraising page that the tragic shopkeeper was "a true gentleman".

Another donor wrote: "I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Shah and he was a true gent. One in a million who will be truly missed."


The Scottish Grocers' Federation (SGF) has expressed its utter dismay at the horrific death of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah. 

SGF President Abdul Majid said: "Our thoughts are with Mr Shah's family and I can say that if there is anything we can do to assist them through our benevolent fund we will do so with the utmost urgency."