AS THE killers of Ahmed Remon Hayder were sentenced to life, friends and family paid tribute to the 27-year-old and told how his murder had rocked the community.
Remon, pictured, a British national from the Bangladeshi community, was described by his family as the ‘life and soul of the party’.
The former Seaford Head Community College pupil had studied an A-level in law at Lewes Tertiary College before taking a degree in social anthropology in Kent.
He had been looking after the family business, the Moon of India restaurant, while his parents were in Bangladesh. Imam Abdullah Al-Mahmood, of the Seahaven Islamic Community, of which the founder and chairman is Remon’s father, Ali Hayder, was abroad with the family when the murder took place.
He said, “He was always happy and smiling and a social person.
“When we heard it was Remon that had been killed it was very shocking.”
Another close family friend and Eastbourne Borough Councillor Harun Miah said, “He was very humorous and a funny boy.
“The first thing you would see is a nice smile.
“He was the future star for the Bangladeshi community in the south of England.
“The whole community was affected so badly since his murder took place, it’s something the Bengali community never expects for thousands of years.”
After the sentencing of Remon’s killers his family said he would be forever remembered for his big smile and infectious laugh.
A statement, released by police, went on, “With no doubt, can I say he did not have a bad bone in his body. May Allah bless him for eternity in paradise.”
• See the Seaford Gazette (June 15) for full report.