Devoted dad dies in crash - Agbrigg community in mourning

Ammer Ashraf with his 10-month-old son Akeel.

Ammer Ashraf with his 10-month-old son Akeel.

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A COMMUNITY has been left in shock following the death of a devoted new dad.

Ammer Ashraf, 31, of Agbrigg, was killed when his car overturned during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Funeral for Ameer Ashraf, aged 31 from Agbrigg, Wakefield. Ameer died in a car crash on the morning of Tuesday 21st August, 2012.'w315a234

Funeral for Ameer Ashraf, aged 31 from Agbrigg, Wakefield. Ameer died in a car crash on the morning of Tuesday 21st August, 2012.'w315a234

And on Wednesday afternoon the Muslim community brought St Catherine Street to a standstill as hundreds of friends and family attended a funeral service at Masjid Zakariya mosque before a burial at Sugar Lane Cemetery.

Mr Asharaf was a former Kettlethorpe High School pupil and a partner in Greenline Taxis on Westgate.

He had four brothers and two sisters, including Sughra Ashraf, 39, who is a youth worker at the City Limits Youth Club on Thornhill Street.

His uncle Fazal Mahmood, 40, of Doncaster Road, said: “The whole community is in shock. It is a big tragedy.

“He was a devoted dad and had everything to live for.

“He was such a caring individual, always had a smile on his face and was well liked by everyone. He had a big heart and would help anyone.

“His parents cannot come to terms with what has happened. They expected him to be organising their funeral and not having to do it for their son.

“We’ve just finished the month of Ramadan and it is suppose to be a time for 
celebrating.”

He added that his nephew’s proudest moment was when he became a dad to his son Akeel 10 months ago.

Mr Ashraf lived on Trinty Street with his wife Jamila.

And on Wednesday his closest family and friends chanted prayers as they carried his coffin, draped with a green cloth depicting words from the Qur’an, through the streets from his home to the mosque.

And white chrysanthemums spelling out the word brother were placed in his hearse.

His family also donated money to the six mosques in Wakefield.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the crash which happened shortly before 4am on Tuesday.

Mr Ashraf, had been celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid with friends and was on his way back to Wakefield when his Toyota Corolla clipped a kerb and ended up on its roof on Denby Dale Road in Calder Grove.

Firefighters cut him from the vehicle but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road between Branch Road and Bretton Roundabout was closed until just before 9am.

Anyone with any information should contact the Major Collisions Enquiry Team on 01924 293047.