The funeral will take place today of a 24 year-old IT worker stabbed to death during riots in a Birmingham inner city suburb.
Colleagues and church leaders are expected to pay tribute to Isaiah Young-Sam at the funeral service at St John's Church in Ladywood. He is to be buried in Hands-worth Cemetery.
Mr Young-Sam was stabbed in the chest on October 22, only yards from his home in Carlyle Road, Lozells, after a trip to the cinema. One of his friends, Andrew Byfield, was also wounded.
Yesterday Mr Young-Sam's family repeated their plea for peace as they prepared to say their final goodbyes to the young man they called "the diamond in our family."
One family member said: "Isaiah was a peace-loving man and all we want is for people to put aside their differences as we lay him to rest."
His heartbroken mother Murna McLean spoke proudly of her son who would always read a chapter of the Bible first thing each day. She said she knew he used to be teased for being "a mummy's boy" because he still lived happily at home with his parents.
"He was a private person, deeply religious and reserved," she said. "He didn't have the lifestyle of a typical black young man in Lozells."
Mr Young-Sam was said to have a promising career ahead of him in IT and had just been promoted where he worked for Birmingham City Council at Waterlinks House in Nechells.
More than 1,000 colleagues added moving personal tributes to a special electronic book of remembrance which was set up.
Pete Evans, head of infrastructure and support, said: "I had the good fortune to know Isaiah for over five years and his ability to smile even in the most trying circumstances made the working day more bearable for all of us.
"The kindness and generosity shown in the remembrance book by colleagues across the city has been enormously moving."
* Three men, Waqar Ahmed (25), Afzal Ashraf Khan and Azail Rashid Khan, both 22, all from Handsworth, have been charged with murder.
They have also been charged with wounding Andrew Byfield with intent. Two other men are currently on police bail pending further inquiries.