Friends and family of Yassar Yaqub who was shot dead by police on the M62 held a vigil for him yesterday evening at the spot where he died.
His parents were joined by friends on the motorway near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, where they lit candles and held banners demanding justice for Yassar.
He was shot dead in a planned operation and officers found a gun in his car.
Speaking at the roadside his father Mohammed Yaqub said he felt his son was ‘killed unlawfully’.
‘He hasn’t got a bad past, because he’s never been convicted of anything,’ he told the BBC.
Oh yeah, he beez a good boy. He turnin’ him life arounz. He DINDU NUFFINS!
Mr Yaqub senior said he wanted ‘answers, full answers, nothing but the truth’ about his son’s death.
‘How can you kill someone like this, at a time like this, without giving him a chance to get out or anything? We’re not in America, we’re not in third-world countries,’ he said.
Wednesday evening’s vigil carried off ‘peacefully and respectfully’, according to the BBC.
According to the creators of a Facebook page called Justice 4 Mohammed Yasser Yaqub he was killed unlawfully.
Nearly 2,000 people have followed the page that states: ‘Mohammed Yasser Yaqub murdered by Yorkshire Police! Ambushed, assassinated and left to die.. How can we live in a world that thinks this is acceptable?’
During the vigil helium balloons were released and men wore jumpers saying: ‘No chance to surrender, No warning shots, Unlawful killing #justiceforyassar’ and ‘No justice, No humanity, No peace #justiceforyassar’.
Better question: How can we live in a world in which scum like this is allowed into Western countries?
A handwritten banner, which was taped to the signpost along with flowers and one of the jumpers, read: ‘Stop police assassinations’.
A marked police car drove past the vigil on the motorway, but did not stop and there was no other police presence.
The crowd quickly grew with around 150 people showing up to pay tribute to the young dad-of-two.
Many lay flowers at the bottom of the grass bank and comforted each other as they gathered.
Some of the crowd, which had family and school friends in it, wore T-shirts with a photo of Yassar printed on them.
Damn it. The piece of shit left two sprogs. Too bad they weren’t caught in the shooting too.
West Yorkshire Police said it empathised with the ‘heightened tensions’ and was working to maintain community cohesion, while Naz Shah, Labour MP for Bradford West, appealed for calm.
Mr Yaqub was from Crosland Moor, Huddersfield. In 2010, he was cleared of attempted murder and a firearms offence after it was alleged that he opened fire on a car in Birkby Hall Road, Huddersfield.
People living close to Rudding Street said on Tuesday that Mr Yaqub’s house was targeted by gunmen more than a year ago.
In June 2015, police said two people suffered minor injuries when a shotgun was fired in Rudding Street by gunmen in a ‘targeted attack’ as children played.
Live by the sword, die by the sword.