'He will know what a hero his dad was': Widow of man killed trying to defend business during riots gives birth to his baby
The widow of a man killed in the summer riots has given birth to a son who will never know his hero dad.
Shahzad Ali, 30, died alongside his brother Abdul Musavir, 31, and friend Haroon Jahan, 21, in a heroic attempt to stop rioters breaking into a friend's business in Birmingham on August 10.
As the courageous men stood outside the Jet petrol station in an attempt to block looters they were ploughed into and hit by a car.
Hope: Khansa Ali holding her baby boy who will never know his father who was killed during the riots
Their deaths shook the nation after four days of rioting in London which eventually spread to Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Salford and Liverpool.
When the tragedy happened Shahzad's wife Khansa Ali, 22, was four months pregnant.
Since then she has struggled with the anger and despair of losing her husband and facing the fear of raising a baby alone. But eight days ago came a glimmer of hope.
After a short labour at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, she gave birth to an 8lb healthy baby boy.
The family are yet to settle on a name but they revealed that they like Abdul Wahid - which translates as 'the only one.'
Khansa hopes he will follow in his father's footsteps.
She said: 'Shahzad told me he wanted us to have a boy first because he wanted a brother to look after his sisters.
'That was just like him. He was loving, kind and devoted. But he also wanted to protect everyone and everything.
'Every day I feel angry when I think about how he was taken away from us, but I know that his sacrifice went some way to stopping the violence and for that I am grateful.'
Since her husband's death, Khansa collects pictures, newspaper cuttings and cards so that one day she can show them to her son.
In love: Shahzad Ali with his wife Khansa on their wedding day. The pair were looking forward to the birth of their baby boy
She said: 'When he is old enough I will show him these things so he knows what a hero his dad was.
'Shahzad died a martyr and I know he is watching over us with his brother Musavir.'
Shahzad, a bright entrepreneur, graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in business management.
He ran a car wash with his brother and was looking into purchasing his own chain of restaurants.
Khansa said: 'He had always wanted to get his master's degree but life got in the way.
'He told me that our children would get the best education and have the best start in life.'
Sitting in her living room in Winson Green, Birmingham, where she lives with sister-in-law Sumera, mother-in-law Rukaya, and father-in-law Ghanzafar Ali, Khansa can barely take her eyes of her new born son.
She said: 'He has some of Shahzad's mannerisms already and he has Musavir's lop-sided smile.'
The family have been inudated with gifts and cards from well-wishers and family friends.
Since the birth they have scarcely had time to themselves, but a tearful Rukaya revealed that they still fight a daily battle to cope with the loss of her two beloved sons.
She said: 'When I see photos of them I think they are still here. Like they've just gone on holiday and
they're coming back.
'What happened wasn't fair but I will always be proud of my two brave boys.'
A total of eight people have now been charged with the murders of the three men, while five remain on police bail pending further inquiries.
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