The taxi driver murdered in south Birmingham on Wednsday night was stabbed in the head less than two hours after he kissed his young children goodnight, police have revealed.
Dad-of-three Mohammed Arshad died in Selly Oak Hospital after being found fatally injured in Wast Hills Lane, Hopwood, on the Birmingham Worcestershire border.
West Mercia Police said a post-mortem examination revealed the 36-year-old, from Selly Oak, died as a result of stab wounds to the head.
On the night he was murdered, he picked up his sons, aged eight, six and three, from his sister-in-law, took them home for supper and then tucked them into bed before saying goodbye to his wife and leaving for work at around 7.15pm.
That was the last time they saw him alive, police said.
Police said his death had devastated his family’s community in the Punjab as much as the community where he lived and the private hire firm he worked for had been inundated with messages of sympathy from customers and other taxi operators in the area.
Brother-in-law, Mohammed Sheraz Hussain, said: “We won’t rest in peace until his killer is caught and we would urge anyone who has any information at all about who might have done this or knows anything that could help the investigation to get in touch with the police.”
Mr Hussain added that Arshad was a “happy-go-lucky” character who was well respected locally.
As the eldest of his siblings he was often called on to provide support, advice and guidance for them. He described him as a god-fearing, charitable and generous man who had even sent money to friends and family in Pakistan to pay for medical treatment.
Mr Arshad was the eldest of three brothers and four sisters who live in the Punjab region of Pakistan, along with his parents.
He came to Britain in 1999 and had worked as a self-employed private hire driver for a local taxi firm for the past six years.
In a statement his family described him as a loving and caring husband devoted to his children.
His wife, who doesn’t want to be named, added: “He could not do enough for his children. They were his number one priority.”
Detectives launched a murder hunt and on Thursday sealed off the scene where Mr Arshad was discovered and a second location at Shannon Road, Kings Norton, where his blue Ford Galaxy taxi was later found.
Police want to hear from anyone who was in that area between 8.30pm and 9pm on Wednesday night, particularly if they saw a taxi of that description during the evening.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.