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Murdered on wedding anniversary

The widow of an Asian taxi driver beaten to death by white teenagers said he was her "life and soul" - and died on their wedding anniversary.

Mohammad and Naheed
Mohammad 'loved life'

Naheed Kausar described how there was now no meaning to her life after the death of her husband Mohammad Parvaiz, 41.

"I never imagined we would be parted so soon, as I thought my marriage would last a lifetime, she said.

The couple had been married for 15 years,

"I didn't expect to see my husband in a mortuary on our wedding anniversary."

They had an arranged marriage and visited Mohammad's parents in Pakistan nearly every year.

Naheed said she felt "empty and lost" since her husband's death.

"My husband was a very caring, happy and fantastic person. I couldn't have asked for anyone better.

Mohammad and his children
I suppose the good people always go first
Naheed Parvaiz

"He was my life and soul. Now that he is not here I feel that I am incomplete.

"They haven't just killed him - they killed us as well. I feel so empty and lost. He was my life.

"My life revolved around him and the children. There is no meaning to life any more."

Three teenagers have been convicted for Mr Parvaiz's murder, with another admitting the crime.

Naheed said that even when they were on other sides of the world, she and Mohammad would talk regularly.

"Even when he went to Pakistan we would ring each other about two to three times a day and now it's six months since I last spoke to him.

"He had a very loud voice. It would stand out when everyone got together.

'Loved life'

"Sometimes I can imagine him walking through the door talking nonsense in his loud voice.

"It's six months now and I still sometimes don't believe it - it just seems that he's gone to Pakistan or work.

"He loved life and he was very happy and content. We miss him so much. He was a wonderful father and son.

"Nearly everyone I meet says that he was a very good person and there is nobody like him.

"I suppose the good people always go first."

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