22-year-old Taimoor Zaheer was shot dead on Maxwell Avenue in Handsworth, shortly before 5pm on Tuesday. His shooter has now been found, arrested and charged with murder.

The shooter, identified as Anib Khan, fled the scene of the crime but was later arrested by Kent Police after attempting to board a ferry in Dover. He appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning, and has been formally charged with the murder of Taimoor Zaheer.

The victim’s family have made a statement, saying: “His loss has left a void in our family that will never be filled.

“The only thing that will help us get through these testing times is knowing that justice will be served. May God grant him a place in Heaven in this blessed month.”

Members of the community have paid tribute to Taimoor, by laying flowers and messages at the scene. They say he was a ”good-hearted person” with a ”beautiful soul”.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines, branded the shooting ”a tragic waste of a young life”. He went on to say: “Our thoughts are with the young man’s family and friends who have suffered an indescribable shock”.

Although this charge is a ”significant step”, Detective Inspector, Paul Joyce, says that ”the murder investigation is far from over…I implore those with information to do the right thing and come forward if they haven’t already”.

People able to assist the on-going enquiry, should contact West Midlands Police on 101, to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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