London rabbi helps raise £20,000 for family of Gujarati shopkeeper murdered by teenagers
By Barfi Culture Team
11th January 2018

Londoners have raised over £20,000 for the family of a shopkeeper murdered after a row over selling cigarette papers to underage kids.

49-year-old Vijay Patel had recently moved to Britain to earn money for his family, who are still living in Gujarat, when he was stabbed on Saturday night, 6th January. He died from his wounds in hospital on Monday.

Metropolitan Police say a 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder and is due to appear in court. He has not been named. They are still looking for two other suspects.

London rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, also from Mill Hill in North London where Vijay Patel worked, was so distraught by the news he started a fundraiser to help the family.

"As the Mill Hill Jewish community it is appropriate that we demonstrate compassion for something so tragic that happened in our immediate neighbourhood," he wrote in his appeal.

The appeal has now raised over £20,000 according to the Just Giving page.

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Vijay's co-worker Jagmeet Sethi told Sky News: "He was a very nice guy, a good-natured guy. If you buy something he would go with you to your car and give it to you. It is unacceptable to us that he is no more."

His wife told the BBC Asian Network (in Gujarati): "I have not been able to think of anything else as this is such a shock to me. I had every hope my husband would finally be returning home." They have two sons.

The Met Police is appealing to anyone with footage of the incident to contact them.

"If you saw something that may help but haven’t yet spoken to police then please get in contact with us," said inspector Ian Lott.

You can still donate to the family from the Just Giving page

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