Hundreds of people attended the funeral of the three young men who died in a fatal car crash in Blackburn. The funeral was held at Victoria Park Mosque and the Muslim Heritage Centre in Whalley Range, Blackburn.
Hamzaa Iqbal, 24, Munib Afzal Karim, 21, and 20-year-old Hamza Gujjar died after the Audi S5 they were travelling in crashed on Wilbraham Road, Whalley Range, Blackburn in the early hours of Wednesday April 27.
Hamzaa, from Burnage , and Hamza, from Bramhall , were pronounced dead at the scene. Their friend Munib, from Heald Green, Stockport, was seriously injured in the collision and died in hospital the following day. They had been travelling home from Munib’s sister’s wedding when their car crashed into parked vehicles at the side of the road.
Hundreds have also been paying tributes to the three young men online and others have held vigils at the crash site to remember them. Close friends and family of the victims also released a video asking young drivers to take care on the roads.
Usman Iqbal who is a brother of the victims appears in the video. His message is: “The loss that we felt, the pain that we’re feeling I can’t explain to anybody, but my request to all the youngsters to all the children is to be careful and not to be reckless…. ‘cos hand on heart I don’t think anybody would want to feel the pain that we’re going through right now”
Police have previously said the Audi S5 they were travelling in was going at “high speed”. The Audi S5 hire car crashed into a signpost and two parked cars close to Whalley Range High School for Girls at around 3.15am on Wednesday April 27.
A 17-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been bailed until June 11 pending further enquiries. A 19-year-old, who was taken to hospital after the crash, was also arrested on suspicion of the same offence but has since been released without charge. Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident.
Anybody with further information can call police on 101, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.