The families of two men killed in Birmingham have called for their bodies to be released as soon as possible so they can be laid to rest.
At a meeting with city faith leaders, the relatives of Meshack Tesfa Bernard-Brown, aged 20, and Mohammed Basharat, aged 24, made the announcement in the hope of arranging their funerals soon.
Mr Bernard-Brown, was gunned down on November 13 in Melbourne Avenue, Newtown. Three men have been charged with his murder. Two weeks later Mr Basharat was shot dead at his convenience shop in Villa Road, Lozells.
Faith leaders including Bishop Dr Joe Aldred from the Council of Black-led Churches, Sewa Singh Mandla, chairman of the Council of Sikh Gurdwaras and Rabbi Leonard Tann from the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, formed the group of visitors.
Together, they expressed their sympathy and solidarity on behalf of the leaders of all the city's faith communities.
Bishop Aldred said: "Both families are experiencing deep pain because of the premature and violent death of their children."
He said in addition to burying the men, both families hoped that every effort would be made to bring the people involved to justice.
Bishop Aldred said: "Until these two things happen, there will be no sense of proper grieving or closure to these tragic events, either for the families, or indeed for the community as a whole."
Dr Mohammed Naseem, chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque supported the visits but was unable to attend. He said: "These tragic events have not been caused by warring ethnic or religious communities. They are the result of blatant criminality."