Pragaret Singh: Hundreds visit killed shopkeeper's family

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Image caption Pragaret Singh was shot dead during the robbery at Manchester Food Traders in Openshaw

Over 1,000 people have visited the home of a shopkeeper shot dead at his Manchester store to pay their respects, his brother said.

Father-of-three Pragaret Singh, 35, from Swinton, was found with stomach and chest wounds at Manchester Food Traders in Openshaw, on 31 October.

Police said Mr Singh, known as Charlie to his friends, was carrying "thousands of pounds" when he was attacked.

His family described him as an "absolute, complete gentleman".

They said: "There have been 250 people a day visiting the house to pay their respects and every single one of those people has been absolutely distraught.

"He had so many friends and was so well loved by them, but family was always his top priority."

Search warrants

His brother Tiggy, who works in the same warehouse on Wood Street, said: "There was five years between us, but really, he was my twin.

"I spent 17 hours a day working with him and our families also live together. That tells you how much we loved each other as brothers."

Image caption Police believe robbers left the scene of the shooting with a "large amount of money"

A 30-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until the end of January.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed 11 search warrants have been carried out across Greater Manchester since Mr Singh was killed.

Det Ch Insp Richard Eales said the force was continuing to appeal for witnesses.

"Since Charlie's tragic death we have had increased patrols in the area and that will continue today, on the one week anniversary of his murder.

"In particular we will be stopping cars on Park House Street and Wood Street to ask drivers if they saw anything."

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