Father and son died in accident in Turkey, laid to rest in Bradford


BRADFORD: An estimated 2,000 people were in attendance on Tuesday at the Janazah (funeral) of a Bradford father and son, who tragically passed away last week.

Abdul Farid, 41, and son Raees Kabir-Farid, a year 9 pupil at Beckfoot School, were on a family holiday in Turkey when they were involved in a car crash, the Asiam Image has reported.

It is understood that the collision involved the vehicle they were in and a minibus, and happened in the Serik district of Antalya.

They had been on a two-week holiday and were due to return home on Wednesday 4 December, Ace Budget Taxis on Thornton Road, the taxi firm Mr. Farid worked for, said.

Mr. Farid is believed to be from the Duckworth Terrace area originally, before later moving with his family to Shipley. Raees was described as “a great sportsman and top boy” by Bingley Juniors AFC, one of the football clubs he played for.

The funderal took place at the Grand Mosque on Westgate and was attended by around 2,000 people, from a wide range of different backgrounds, religious beliefs and ethnicities.

Councillor Arshad Hussain, a close friend of the family who knew Abdul for over 30 years, said yesterday, “Abdul was an amazing man who was always full of life. Raees was an amazing lad. He was really into sports and he was a great footballer. He was very popular amongst his peers at school as well as in the wider community. It’s so sad that we’ve lost two fabulous people.

“I want to say thank you, on behalf of the family, to the Turkish authorities and the Bradford Coroners Office, who have been really caring throughout the whole procedure.”