THOUSANDS of mourners have turned out for the funeral of the four lads killed when their car smashed into a tree during a police case.
The four men – Murtza Chaudhry and Arbaaz Hussain, both 21, Zeeshan Khalid, 20, and Tayyab Siddique, 22 – died on Thursday in Bradford.
The Press Association Thounds of people turned out to pay their respect to the four lads
Huge crowds gathered earlier today for the funeral at Manningham Mills Association in the city where prayers were said.
The traffic incident is currently under investigation by the police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct who said the BMW the men were in was travelling at speed.
The MP for Bradford East, Imran Hussain said: “I knew the young men and I know their families.
“The whole community is absolutely shocked and continues to be shocked.
The Press Association Mourners look on as the four hearses arrive in Bradford
Facebook Muthaza Choudhury Murthi was one of the four men buried today
Facebook Tayyab Siddique, 22, died in the crash
Facebook Arbaz Hussain was also in the BMW that crashed
Facebook Zeeshan Khalid also died when the BMW crashed into a tree
“This is an extremely tragic loss of four very liked young men and the whole community is in mourning.
“People have turned up in their thousands to stand with the families.
“The whole community has come together, to stand together and provide support for each other in these difficult times.”
Also addressing the crowds was Imam Mohammed Asim, who urged families to stop young men driving cars at speed.
The Press Association Mourners look on as the hearses arrive at the Manningham Mills Association in Bradford
The Press Association A huge crowd of mourners gathered for the funerals
The Press Association The crash is currently being investigated by the police watchdog
SWNS:South West News Service The wreckage of the grey BMW which crashed on Bingley Road in Bradford
He said: “We cannot let this happen again. Their whole lives were ahead of them. But you see what one moment of madness can do?”
The father of 22-year-old Murtza Chaudhry, Istfar Iqbal, told The Mail Online: “It was his BMW – he had just bought it brand new. He has only had it about two weeks. He was just a happy little lad.
“He was so happy he had friends everywhere. He was a polite and quiet lad.
“He was my only son and I am heartbroken.”
Victim Murtza Choudhury Murthi’s cousin Faisal Ali, 23, told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus: “He was a young lad enjoying life. He was an outgoing lad. He had just come out college, he had his life ahead of him. I’m devastated.”
Miranda Biddle, IOPC regional director, said: “This is a most tragic incident and our sympathies are with the family and friends of those who have died.
Shocking moment BMW ploughs into a tree killing four men during Bradford police chase