He was our beautiful boy

Mohammed Bilal, aged three, who was knocked down on Violet Street, Halifax
Mohammed Bilal, aged three, who was knocked down on Violet Street, Halifax
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A GRIEVING dad has paid tribute to his “beautiful” son who was knocked down and killed outside his home.

Mohammed Bilal, aged three, died from his injuries after being hit by a silver Vauxhall Astra on Tuesday afternoon.

His dad, Mohammed Mustafa, struggled to fight back tears as he spoke about his youngest son. “He was very cute. He was funny and he made everyone smile. He was a beautiful kid,” said his dad.

“We have been crying all night and I wish to my God I could have him back.”

Just last week, Mohammed had started attending St Augustine’s nursery, Hanson Lane. On Tuesday afternoon he was in the front garden with his mum, Shaheen Akhtar, when he crossed the road to see his great uncle, who lives directly opposite.

“He ran to his uncle’s house and his wife was standing there watching as well, but he didn’t make it,” said the devastated dad.

Mohammed was rushed to Calderdale Royal Hospital after the accident, at 3.20pm but died around 4pm.

The family are now left with just pictures and memories of their son.

“It’s just a beautiful picture,” said Mr Mustafa.

Mr Mustafa moved from Pakistan leaving his wife and elder daughter Zaineb, four, behind. Almost two years later after working at Nestle he had raised enough money to bring them to Halifax.

“After my dad passed away, playing with these kids it was so different. Especially him, he was the star of the family. He gave us so much love.

“Some kids are quiet but he talked to everyone. He just wanted to be friends.

“I just hope people will pray for us,” he said.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call the police’s major collision inquiry team on 01924 293047.

Just weeks ago, 22-month-old Zoya Hussain was knocked down by a milk float as she played in nearby Hopwood Lane.