Statement from the family of Abubakar Abbas
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Following today’s verdict, the family of Abubakar Abbas have paid the following tribute:
Abubakar was the shining light in our house and one of nine siblings. His company brightened everyone’s day.
He was a good, honest, loving man who would never have treated anyone differently because of their race, sexual orientation or gender.
On 23 August last year, our world came crashing down.
We had a call from police, who said our beloved son and brother was in a critical condition in hospital and that doctors did not expect him to make it through the night. It’s a call that no family ever wants – or should ever have – to receive.
He had only gone for a night out like many other young people his age. He didn’t ask for what happened to him and he didn’t deserve it.
For the next two days, we stayed at his bedside day and night, hoping and praying for a miracle that he’d pull through. But on 25 August he passed away having never regained consciousness.
We would’ve done anything we could to save him and have him return to us, but a cruel and calculated act snatched that chance away. We are a very private family and having to relive the events of that evening through a court trial has been very difficult for all of us.
Abubakar was an ambitious young man who aspired to become an engineer. He’d achieved his engineering diploma just a month before he was killed and was applying to study at university. He was 22 and had the whole world ahead of him.
After he died, offers from universities continued to arrive in the post. We opened each envelope with tears in our eyes, knowing he would never attend. Instead of celebrating, we are mourning.
Abubakar was kind, friendly, trustworthy and charitable. It wasn’t until after he died that we found out how many charities he regularly donated to.
We’re still struggling to come to terms with our loss and it’s had a significant impact on our health and wellbeing.
While Abubakar will remain in our hearts – and we will think of him every day – it is painful to know we will never see his heartfelt smile again.
He was a part of us that we will never get back – and that has altered our lives forever.