He ‘didn’t de­serve to go like this’

OUT­POUR­ING OF GRIEF FOR 22-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS SHOT WHILE SIT­TING IN THE PAS­SEN­GER SEAT OF CAR

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By VICKY MUNRO vicky.munro@reach­plc.com @vick­y_aFm

FRIENDS mourn­ing Hashim Ali Ahmed who died in the Hayes shoot­ing have paid trib­ute to him as “one in a mil­lion”.

Hashim, 22, from Hayes, was shot while sit­ting in the pas­sen­ger seat of a car parked in Cen­tral Av­enue, near the junc­tion with Ad­di­son Way, at 2.37pm on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 11.

The car’s driver, a 27-year-old man, at­tempted to get him to Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal but crashed into sev­eral cars and pedes­tri­ans on West Dray­ton Road, where Hashim died de­spite the ef­forts of paramedics.

Kam­rul Ud­din, 22, who de­scribed Hashim as his “best friend and brother”, said: “Hashim was one in a mil­lion, he was loved and a car­ing per­son, who al­ways had a smile on his face.

“He was a very smart kid, who loved his fam­ily, friends and foot­ball.

“It’s re­ally hard at the mo­ment for me. We were very young and al­ways happy.”

He added that Hashim went to univer­sity in Northamp­ton, where he stud­ied sports science.

Post­ing to Twit­ter on the day of his death, an­other friend wrote that Hashim was a “clean-hearted guy” who “got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

@jahrul999 wrote: “May Al­lah for­give you for all your sins. The good do die young man. Wal­lahi you was a clean hearted guy and just got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ob­vi­ously it was your time, my head is spin­ning. RIP Hashim.”

A friend, who wrote that he had known Hashim since they were “kids play­ing ball in Grange Park”, tweeted that he “didn’t de­serve to go out like this” and “the good re­ally die young”.

An­other tweeted that he was “a real friend, al­ways there for me and al­ways pulling me up when I f*** up, ad­vis­ing me how to change and be a bet­ter man”.

Po­lice are still hunt­ing who­ever shot Hashim and are keen to speak to any­one who was in the area near Cen­tral Av­enue be­tween 2.30pm and 2.45pm that day.

A spokesman de­scribed the area as “quiet” and said “it is likely that peo­ple would have heard the gun­shot”.

De­tec­tives have also said that they would like to hear from any­one who may have dash cam footage from driv­ing in the area at the time, as it may in­clude footage of the sus­pects flee­ing the scene.

The driver of the car, who co-op­er­ated with po­lice at the scene of the crash, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of dan­ger­ous driv­ing and has been bailed un­til a date in early Novem­ber, “pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries”.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact po­lice on 020 8358 0300 or 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence 4434/11 Oc­to­ber or call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

If you knew Hashim and would like to add a trib­ute to him, please con­tact our re­porter at vicky.munro@reach­plc.com.

Shoot­ing vic­tim Hashim Ali Ahmed, aged 22

IMAGES: KAM­RUL UD­DIN

Hashim (left) and his friend Kam­rul Ud­din

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