He was our little brother: he’ll never be forgotten

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THE families of two teenagers gunned down on Thursday have paid touching tributes to the youths.

Amin Ahmed Ismail and Mohamed Abdi Farah died after receiving fatal gunshots to the head on Thursday night.

Mohamed’s brothers Gabriel and Hakeem Farah both flew over from Norway after the murders.

Gabriel is an engineer and Hakeem a student in Norway.

The brothers are staying with their uncle Ahmed Hassan at his home in Tolcarne Avenue on the Fishermead estate, visiting the mortuary on Tuesday to see their brother’s body. The family later gathered to mourn at the house.

Hakeem said: “Mohamed was visiting my uncle on the estate. He had moved away from the area with his mum and for the last year or so had been in Somalia.

“He came to visit us in Norway on his way back from Somalia where he went to see our dad because our grandad died recently.

“He used to tell me everything, he never told me he was afraid of anything, the only thing he said was he had some fights with some guys because he was protecting his younger cousins.”

Gabriel added: “There is no suggestion that he was being threatened by anyone.

“It’s been said he had a drug related debt, that is a lie. He hadn’t been back long enough to have done anything like that. He had lived round here a long time, he grew up round here and he still has family here. He was a sociable, likeable young man. Mohamed came back to Birmingham on April 26 from Norway. He didn’t really stay in one place.

“He went to London to see friends, and Birmingham to see his mum. He hasn’t been here for long enough to have formed a relationship with drug dealers or anything like that.”

He added: “He was our little brother. We will always remember him in our heart. He will never be forgotten. We would like the public to help find his killers.

“They need to help the police with information. I’d like to address his friends and say maybe they don’t want to talk to the police but they will be doing something for him if they have information and talk to the police. They should do that for him.”

A relative of Amin Ahmed Ismail said: “Amin was born in Somalia and came to England when he was 10 years old. He was the only boy in the family and grew up with his four sisters who he loved very much. He also leaves behind a step brother and one step sister.

“Amin was educated at Southall College and Henley College in Coventry. He enjoyed studying maths and science which were the subjects he was particularly good at. Amin was good at education and wanted to achieve a degree and a masters so that he could help look after his mum and sisters.

“Amin had a good personality and was very, very kind. Being the only brother he always looked after his sisters and used to tell us he would look after the whole family. He will be missed very much.

“We will bury Amin in East London as soon as his body is released.”

Other family members of Mohamed Abdi Farah said: “We, Mohamed’s family, are deeply saddened and shocked at what can only be described as the tragic and senseless death of our son, brother, nephew and our grandson.

“We cannot put into words the pain we are feeling, only to say that he did not deserve to die in this way, Mohamed will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

“Mohamed was 19 years old, he was a very likeable, sociable, and friendly individual, who was looking to continue his studies and go to university.

“But sadly that bright future that he was looking forward to has been cut short by a senseless killer.

“Mohamed had been in this country for four weeks. Whatever rumours some of the media have written about Mohamed are untrue. We don’t deserve to be disrespected in this way, we are grieving for the loss of our loved one.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those same men and women who continue to search for his killer or killers.

“We are also very thankful to everyone else who has made or is making an effort to find the killer or killers.”

> MP Mark Lancaster has joined those who have condemned the violence.

He said:“I was shocked and saddened to hear what happened in Fishermead last week. Of course, my thoughts are with the friends and families of the victims.

“I am heartened to learn that the community is pulling together at this tragic time and of course I have full confidence in the police to get to the bottom of this horrific crime.”

> The family of Mohamed Abdi Farah have asked for the following video clip of Mohamed being interviewed for a Somalian Heritage project in Milton Keynes to be released.