Huge crowds attend prayers for Ali Abucar Ali

Image above: Crowds attend the Janazah funeral prayers for Ali Abucar Ali at the Darussalam Masjid 

More than a thousand people turned out for the Janazah funeral prayers for Ali Abucar Ali at the Darussalam Masjid and Culture Centre in Southall on Friday (19 November).

Ali (20) was fatally stabbed when he came to the defence of 84 year old Betty Walsh a week earlier when she was stabbed outside the Best Kebab and Fish Bar on Albany Parade in Brentford. She was taken to hospital and pronounced ‘stable’ after a kidney operation. Ali died at the scene of the attack.

Norris Henry, 37, of Brook Road South, Brentford, appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday (17 November), charged with murder and attempted murder and is due to appear in court again on 21 February.

Images above: Ali Abucar Ali – photograph Chiswick Gators; Crowds attend the Janazah funeral prayers for Ali Abucar Ali at the Darussalam Masjid 

The huge crowd paying their respects included a group of students from Kingston University, where Ali had been studying accountancy, a group from Chiswick School and basketball friends. Ali had been a coach for Chiswick Gators.

Chiswick head teacher Laura Ellener, who attended the prayers for Ali with other staff and students from Chiswick School, told The Chiswick Calendar:

“It was a humbling moment to see how many people were there and I felt proud to represent the school in remembering this amazing young person who we will all miss so much”.

Many of the staff from Chiswick School were planning to walk from the school to Brentford to pay their respects on Monday night (22 November) and the school has other events are planned for the future to celebrate Ali’s contribution to the school, said Laura.

Abdulsattar Abdi Aden, who set up a Go Fund Me page in Ali’s memory, told us the centre normally holds 500 people but there were easily as many praying outside the mosque as inside and that even more people attended the burial in Chigwell.

“There were a lot of people. Two groups really – people from north and east London at the graveyard and those from west London at the Darussalam Masjid. Some of them didn’t know him at all but came to pay their respects because of the publicity on social media.

“There were lots of students from the university and lots of people telling me he used to coach their children.”

Abdulsattar, who is a trustee of the Al Furqan Islamic Centre in Hounslow, is a neighbour of Ali’s family and his son went to school with Ali in Chiswick. The Go Fund Me page for Ali has raised more than £100,000 and he will close it in the next couple of days.

“We wanted to leave a legacy for Ali. It will be up to his family now to decide how the money should be spent but it may be that they decide to build a small community centre in Brentford or Chiswick and maybe give some money to the basketball team.”

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See also: Man appears in court charged with murder of Ali Abucar Ali

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