Zakir Maroof, 14, son of Mohammed Maroof and the grandson of Haji Aziz of Park Road was walking to school with friends in Oldham when he was struck by a BMW and later died in hospital, on 27 November 2019, the heart broken family of boy have spoken of their heartbreak ahead of his funeral.
Speaking at his son’s funeral, Zakir’s father Mohammed Maroof said his son was ‘a very bright student’, Zakir was student at The Hathershaw College in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
The school was closed at 12.15pm as a mark of respect and to allow friends and colleagues to pay their respects to Zakir at Al-Madina Jamia Masjid mosque in the town.
Zakir’s funeral took place at Al-Madina
He said: ‘He was my life. He was a lovely boy. So kind. He had lots of friends. He enjoyed playing games, going out to the park on his bicycle and he also used to like coming swimming with me. He was very bright. He was doing very well at school and he was going to go far. He had every reason to live but he has been taken away’
The Hathershaw College principal, Mark Giles, said: ‘Zakir was very much part of our school community. ‘Staff and students are distraught by what has happened. ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.’
A 42-year-old woman was arrested shortly after yesterday’s collision on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. She was later released under investigation.
Greater Manchester Police are continuing to appeal for any potential witnesses to come forward.