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Murtaza Nazir’s family say they have lost their ‘friend and protector’ after shooting

A man who died after being shot in Stechford, Birmingham, on Friday has been named as Murtaza Nazir.

Mr Nazir was shot on Bagshaw Road in Stechford shortly before 8pm on Friday and police have launched a murder investigation.

His family released a statement through police, saying their lives would “never be the same”.

They said: “Our lives shattered and hearts broken.

“As a family we are united and trying to heal, but the process won’t be an easy one. As a family not only have we lost a father, husband, son, brother, we have lost our friend and protector.

“Everyone who knew him will have their own unique memory with him, and that, in these hard times, will get them through it.

“All we request is for prayers for our loved one and for any videos circulating on social media to be taken down. We do not wish to see this distressing footage. These are difficult times for us and we hope people can show compassion towards our feelings.

“We thank the police and ambulance service for their assistance and are forever grateful. To God we belong and to God we shall return. Justice will be served. If not in this life then the hereafter.”

West Midlands Police have asked for any witnesses or anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

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