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Funeral service for murdered Huddersfield shopkeeper

Gurmail Singh
Gurmail Singh was described as a well-liked and popular businessman

Hundreds of people have paid their respects to a shopkeeper who died after an attack at his Huddersfield store.

Gurmail Singh, 63, died from head injuries after he was assaulted at the shop in Cowcliffe on 20 February.

Mourners filled the streets outside the Sikh temple in the town where his funeral was held on Monday.

Three 17-year-old boys and two men aged 20 have appeared in court charged with murder and robbery. Mr Singh leaves a wife, two sons and a daughter.

After the service, Mr Singh's coffin, topped with white lilies and roses, was taken to a nearby crematorium.

'Special man'

His wife and close family members followed in black cars, with hundreds of other well-wishers following in coaches.

Mourners included fellow Sikhs from across West Yorkshire, shopkeepers, civic dignitaries and other members of the public.

Mr Singh's nephew Avtar Hayri paid tribute to his uncle Gurmail Singh

Mr Singh's niece, Baljit Sandhu, said: "We just wanted to make today about our uncle.

"He's such a special man that's touched so many people and I think the family has just been broken.

"We were talking about him last night, just saying he just needed to smile at us and it just kind of warmed us up.

"We knew that as a family, but it's the fact he did that with everybody he met."

She added it had been very difficult for her family, but they had received "amazing" support from the community after Mr Singh's death.

"Hopefully he can go on to rest in peace and we remember the good things and the impact he's had on all our lives," Ms Sandhu said.

"We will never forget him."

The general secretary of the temple, Inderpal Singh Randhawa, said: "It is a very tragic day for Mr Singh's family, and also the whole community is very shocked. Everybody is so sad.

"What happened with Gurmail Singh must not happen this way again. We would like the Government to take very strong action to look after the small shopkeeper."



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