Leeds & West Yorkshire

Funeral for shooting victim Raheem Wilks

Raheem Wilks funeral
Image caption Raheem Wilks was described as "well-loved amongst his family and friends"

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a teenager shot and killed outside a barber's shop in Leeds.

Raheem Wilks, 19, was the brother of Leeds United's Mallik Wilks. He was shot near Too Sharps on Gathorne Terrace, Harehills, on 26 January.

His coffin was taken to St Aidan's Church, Harehills, by horse-drawn hearse.

Two men have been charged with his murder and are due to stand trial in October.

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The Rev Andi Hofbauer, who led the service, said Raheem "loved life and was a bit of a joker, bit of a clown".

Image caption Large crowds gathered to pay their respects to the Wilks family
Image caption The coffin was taken to the church in a horse-drawn hearse

"They [his family] described him as fearless.

"He desperately wanted to be popular and was well-loved amongst his family and friends."

She said the service featured favourite songs chosen by his family and the hymns Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art.

Following the service, during which his brother Malik delivered the eulogy, Raheem was buried at Killingbeck Cemetery.

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