Thousands attend crash victims funeral as uncle delivers emotional message to the youth

Thousands of mourners gathered at the Hanifa Masjid in Ambler Street, Manningham to pay their respects to Adnan Shafiq who died in a car crash on Tuesday.

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The 17-year-old Adnan Shafiq, was a passenger in a grey Seat Leon which crashed into a traffic sign on Shipley Airedale Road at about 12.15am.

The 18-year-old man driver suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries in the crash. He has also been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

An uncle of the teenager delivered an emotional plea aimed at other youngsters who attended the funeral today.

Mohammad Ishtiaq told those who attended that funeral that lessons needed to be learned from Adnan’s death to avoid this happening again.

He said: “We do not want to see you coming here, lying here, for yours.

“We don’t want deaths like this. You are each very important.

“Everyone that knew him, take this message and pass it on – that you went to a funeral of a 17-year-old.

“Seventeen. This is your golden age.”

“How many more lives do we have to give before the youths realise?”

He added: “We are here today to mourn this young brother. His grandparents and father and mother are here.

“We do not want to see this again and again.”

Another mourner who attended the funeral said: “He looked very peaceful. To see a young lad like that, it is upsetting.”

He added: “It is such a waste, so sad. He was so young.”

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