Muslim community leaders are considering whether to mount a High Court challenge after a coroner refused to release a murder victim's body for burial.
Relatives of Mohammed Yasin, who was gunned down in Birmingham on September 28, are said to be distraught that his remains have yet to be released by the coroner, frustrating their religious requirement to bury the dead as soon as possible.
Birmingham Coroner Aidan Cotter rejected appeals from representatives of the deceased's family for the body to be released, because a second post-mortem examination may be demanded by lawyers acting for anyone subsequently charged with the murder.
But councillor Ayoub Khan, who represents the city's Aston ward, said the distress caused to the family far outweighed the "remote" possibility of prejudicing a future court case.
Mr Khan, one of nine councillors who attended the hearing on Wednesday, said community representatives and Mr Yasin's family were considering whether to challenge the coroner's decision in the High Court.
"Quite clearly, this is a very sensitive issue and it's been affecting our community for quite a long time and we have still made no progress," he said.
Mr Cotter, who adjourned the hearing until October 28, said: " People need to understand how important Mr Yasin's death is and how important it is that the killers are not able to get away with it.
"The more shootings that we have where nobody is convicted, the more there will be, and we will end up like other countries where a street killing like this gets just a shrug of the shoulders."
Mr Yasin, aged 50, was shot dead on the doorstep of his home in Whitehall Road, Bordesley Green. Police have not yet established a motive.