|Anuj Bidve, who was shot on Boxing Day. Photo via Facebook.|
The 23-year-old Lancaster University postgraduate student was shot dead in Salford on Boxing Day as he walked with friends near their hotel.
Four people, including two teenagers aged 16 and 17, have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
Hailing from Pune, India, Anuj was studying Microelectronics at Lancaster University. His father, Subhash Bidve, has appealed for help to bring his body back to Pune through Facebook.
A number of peace events are being planned to commemorate Anuj's life, including one in Mumbai and one in Salfor on Monday 2nd January.
In a statement, Mr Bidve’s family said: ‘Anuj was a loving son, a super caring brother and first and forever friend for many. He valued his relationships and put them over anything else. He was the first person you could call when in trouble. He could easily bring a smile on anyone’s face with his innocent jokes.
"Anuj loved to travel and loved his food. He loved to cook. He loved playing football. He enjoyed his life and is an inspiration for us to live life to its fullest.
"His passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of all those who knew him."
Despite the shocking event, authorities and University contacts of are anxious to point out that such attacks are very rare. Greater Manchester Police have said there is no evidence, as yet, to suggest the attack was either racially motivated or gang related.
"This incident is first of its kind and it does not represent larger population of England or Lancaster University," feels Sonakshi Saran, President of Lancaster University's Indian Society.
"This act should not cause us to worry about sending kids or relatives to study or work in England or Lancaster University... We have trust that justice shall prevail.
"Lancaster University Indian Society has decided to contribute £500 right now and more funds will be given as and when required."
• Salford Peace March Information
• Anuj Bidve Campaign Group (Facebook)