A HUGE crowd gathered today at Lakemba Mosque for the funeral service of father of two Moustafa Assoum.
About three hundred people stopped traffic outside the mosque at about 12.15pm as family and associates carried the body up the stairs for an Islamic service.
The casket was draped in a black Quranic rug covered in yellow writing.Â
Chants of “Allahu Akbar” rose from the crowd as the body was moved up the street and into the mosque.Â
Assoum, 26, wasÂ gunned down on Wednesday morning at Warwick Farm.Â
The keen kickboxer and former security guard was shot at point blank range about 1.45am while his wife and two young children slept.
In an emotional plea,Â MuslimÂ youth leader Fadi Abdul Rahman called on those present to renounce violence and turn to God.Â
“All we seem to do is turn against each other. That’s all we’re good at and that’s why we’re dropping like flies,” he said.
“For the love of Allah I am pleading with you, love one another, stop hating each other.Â
“Look at how the whole world has turned on us.Â
“Defend each other, protect eachother, defend each others’ family and children.”
Assoum died at Liverpool Hospital a short time after the shooting.Â
An associate, Ahmad Diab, ran to a nearby hotel and raised the alarm.
The homicide squad and Liverpool detectives have formed a strike force that will profile Mr Assoum, his associates and any links to bikie gangs, criminal gangs and drugs.Â