The husband of a mum-of-four murdered in Luton on Monday night has spoken of his heartbreak.
Hafeez Rehman said: “During this difficult time I would like to make the following statement on the behalf of my family. My wife Saima khatoon Khan was brutally murdered on the 23rd of May 2016.
“She was a loving mother to four beautiful children, a devoted wife, a beloved daughter and the most caring of sisters.
“She has been taken from us at the age of 34 and my children have been deprived of their mother. This was a junction in our lives where we intended to watch our children grow, to love them and spend quality time as a family and make memories. We have been left with a gap in our lives and we can only pray that she is resting in peace.
“As everyone can appreciate and understand that the circumstances have torn our hearts apart. My family and I would like to thank you all for the condolences messages, and support that we have received from family, friends and the local community.
“At this moment in time we would request that our privacy is respected by everyone and the media.
“We are working alongside Bedfordshire Police in this investigation and we would like for those responsible to be caught and brought to justice. We would like to thank Bedfordshire Police who have put in their greatest efforts in this investigation and for the support we have received from our family liaison officer.
“We request and plead that anyone with any information that may assist the investigation to come forward.
“We understand that this incident has shaken the whole community and we ask that the community is united in this time of need.
“We will notify of the Janaza (funeral) prayers as and when we can in the meantime we request that my family and children are in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.”