A father-of-four has died in hospital on his 39th birthday after being shot outside his home by “cowards”.
Man dies in hospital after being shot outside his home: Tributes have been paid by the family of Haroon Zeb. They described him as a “beautiful soul”. There has been an outpouring of grief in his local community, including friends he went to school with. Mr Zeb, from Dudley, West Midlands, was shot as he arrived home from his job as a manager for a taxi firm.
The incident happened at around 12.30am on Sunday. His family said in a statement issued by police “Haroon was a beautiful son, brother, father, a real icon to this world. He eased the burdens of everyone he knew and his beautiful smile lit up every room he walked in. Today we mourn the loss of our hero who will be dearly missed. Forever in our hearts rest peacefully Haroon.
We will love and miss you forever and your memories will be engraved in our hearts always.
Shaz Saleem, chairman of the Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association, and Haroon’s cousin, said he was subjected to a “cowardly” attack. He paid tribute by saying “He was a beautiful soul, people loved him.
It didn’t matter how you felt… that man could make you laugh out of nothing. He was just such a character, such a wonderful guy. It’s so sad that everyone he knew is crying.” He appealed for anyone with information to contact the police, adding “The police are working incredibly hard but we believe in them and we know they will bring these people to justice.
It was a cowardly act. If anyone has any information, please do come forward. This shouldn’t be happening in our town – it’s absolutely scary and ridiculous that we have got gun crime in Dudley.” Mr Saleem added on his Facebook account “With unbelievable sadness I’m having to inform you of the passing away of my cousin Haroon Zeb son of Chairman Chaudary Mohammad Aurangzeb (Chairman Dudley central Mosque).
This man was loved by all, once you met him you never forgot him, he was guaranteed to make you smile, but today it’s not just my family that mourns, thousands feel our pain.” Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, of West Midlands Police, said “Haroon’s death is simply tragic, my thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.
Our investigation is continuing at pace as we try and understand what happened. I would urge anyone with information to get in touch as soon as possible.”
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