Vigil hears of murdered mans ‘legacy’

Tipu Sultan vigil takes place outside of Herbs and Spice Kitchen.'Mikayl Yahya
Tipu Sultan vigil takes place outside of Herbs and Spice Kitchen.'Mikayl Yahya

MURDERED takeaway boss Tipu Sultan left a legacy to be proud of, mourners were told this evening.

Dozens of people gathered outside the Sunderland dad-of-two’s business in Lake Avenue, South Shields, for a vigil ahead of his funeral tomorrow.

Mr Sultan’s friend Mikayl Yahya told the crowd a story about the great Muslim leader Salah ad-Din – known in the West as Saladin.

“When he died, people were puzzled about why he left so little behind,” said Mr Yahya.

“He left a horse, some armour, a few low-value coins – but a scholar said what he had left behind was a legacy, and that is the thought I want to leave with you.

“Tipu Sultan left behind a legacy. He was a son, a husband, a devoted father and many of us can tell you about the things that he did.

“That is leaving behind a legacy, a legacy of kindness to others, a legacy of your children, your parents and your community.

“Maybe that is what Tipu Sultan left behind – he left a legacy.”