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Tributes have been paid to a fit and active schoolboy who went to bed and never woke up.
Ibrahim Shahid’s devastated parents found him “unresponsive” at their home on Wednesday morning, March 15.
The popular 14-year-old from Oldham, Greater Manchester, has since been described as a “care-free soul” and a keen footballer for Chadderton FC Juniors.
Hundreds of family, school friends and well-wishers attended prayers for the youngster at his mosque, Villa Road Masjid in Oldham on Friday afternoon, March 17, and his burial at Chadderton Cemetery later the same day.
A minute of applause was held before youth matches across Oldham yesterday, March 19, to celebrate his short life, reports Manchester Evening News.
Ibrahim leaves behind his taxi driver father Shahid Ilyas, 48, mum Saima Jawaid, 44, and three siblings Ismael, 25, Saher, 24 and Elizah, 18.
His uncle Umar Jawaid, 39, an optometrist, said the family was “living through a nightmare”.
He said: “This has had a massive impact on the whole community.
“I’ve been to a lot of funerals, unfortunately, in my time but we had to delay the prayers so imams from other mosques could arrive.
“There were hundreds of people there, pupils and teachers from Hathershaw College and from his primary school, Broadfield primary school. It was incredible.
“Ibrahim was one of those characters who had friends of all ages at Hathershaw school.
“He had friends in the lower years and friends in the higher years. He had really good conversational skills and he was able to bring people together. He’d also really developed leadership skills.
“He was very active. He was a keen footballer. He loved his football.
“I spoke to one of his teachers who said he didn’t want to pick him for the school team but he was one of those characters who just pestered him and pestered him. Eventually he could not say no to the kid!
“He used to run around and had bags of energy. On the street he was always having a kickabout. No one went until Ibrahim was tired, which to be honest didn’t happen very often.”
Umar said his nephew was “always punctual” at school and always attended the mosque for prayers.
“He was a care-free soul. He wanted his life to be as stress-free as possible, just to have a joke. He would say his brother was the one who was going to go to work and that he didn’t need that stress,” said Umar.
Ibrahim, a Manchester United fan, was a “fit young lad” but the “initial indication” was that he had suffered an undiagnosed heart problem, he added. He suffered from “no prior health issues”.
A statement on the Chadderton FC Juniors Facebook page said: “It is with deep sadness that the club were informed of the unexpected and tragic passing of Ibrahim Shahid on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.
“Ibrahim, who was a member of the U14 Stripes, had been with the club since he was 6 years old and is pictured below (front centre) in his first cup final back in 2016.
“In fact he was our first ever man of the match and the first ever winner of the annual manager’s player of the year trophy.
“Nothing fazed Ibrahim, he was a popular member of the squad and always brought a smile to the faces of his coaches with his constant questions, be it football related or life in general.
“You will be badly missed young man and everyone at the club, both juniors and seniors, players, coaches and families send their heartfelt condolences to his family.”
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