Police in Halifax have provided additional information regarding the deaths of two men. Joshua Clark, 21, and Haidar Shah, 19, passed away in hospital following an incident on Commercial Street around 3:48am on Sunday, during which three men were assaulted.
The third man received medical attention for a non-life-threatening injury.
Joshua’s family have issued the following tribute and photo:
“No words can describe the devastation caused by the tragic death of our beloved Josh.
“A kind and beautiful soul who brightened the life of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
“The loss of Josh has shattered his family and friends. The hole left in our hearts will forever be with us.”
“We cannot imagine life without him, and as a family we ask for respect and privacy to allow us time to grieve.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are also with the family and friends of Haidar Shah.”
The family of Haidar Shah have issued the following tribute:
“In loving memory of our beautiful loved son, brother, uncle, cousin and nephew.
“We have lost a piece of our hearts that will never be replaced.
“Haidar, you will always remain in our hearts and memories. Your niece loved and adored you and her whole life revolved around you. We will never forget you.
“Thank you to all his friends for showing us the utmost love and respect. We are so proud as a family to know Haidar had such beautiful company during the short time he had with us.
“Please respect our privacy during this difficult time and we urge for people to please refrain from posting videos on social media.
“Our love and condolences go out to the family and friends of Joshua.”
Detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) have initiated a murder inquiry into the deaths of Joshua and Haidar and are conducting ongoing investigations.
Two 18-year-old men who were arrested have been released on bail pending further inquiries. A 19-year-old man remains in custody. An 18-year-old man has been apprehended on suspicion of aiding an offender and is currently in police custody.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Matt Holdsworth, said; “Our enquiries into this very serious incident are ongoing and more information is starting to emerge about what happened.
“We are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or from those with footage that will assist, as this is likely to be a key factor in the progression of this investigation.
“We continue to support the families of Joshua and Haidar at this very sad time and remain determined to get the answers that they need and the justice that they deserve.”
Those with information that may aid this investigation are urged to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team at 101, referencing Operation Pochard, case number 215 of October 1st, or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat.
Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111 or online.