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  • 29 December 2012, 13:10

Funeral For Brothers Killed In M6 Crash

The funeral of two young brothers killed in a car crash on Christmas Day will take place this afternoon.

Described by their family as "precious jewels", Adnan Habib, 10, and Arsalaan, four, died when the car they were in crashed on the M6, near Stoke-on-Trent.

They died alongside their 32-year-old aunt, Bushra Tazarib.

The three bodies will first lie in rest at the Castlefield Centre, in High Wycombe, Bucks, where family and friends will pay their respects.

They will then be taken to the mosque for prayers before the bodies of the boys are taken to the cemetery for a private family funeral at around 2pm. Ms Tazarib's body will be flown to Pakistan.

The family have asked the media to respect their privacy.

An inquest into their deaths was opened and adjourned by North Staffordshire Coroner Ian Smith on Friday.

In a statement issued earlier, their family said: "Adnan and Arsalaan were our family's precious jewels, spreading joy wherever they went.

"They were happy and joyous boys who were a central part of the family, always smiling and bringing smiles to everyone they met."

Ms Tazarib was described as "beloved", "helping" and supportive.

Two other women were travelling in the red Ford Focus, including the boys' mother, who was driving at the time of the crash, and were taken to hospital but discharged after treatment.

All five in the car were from High Wycombe and had been travelling north on the M6 to attend a family wedding in Greater Manchester.

The incident closed the motorway in both directions for three hours from junction 14 at Stafford, to junction 15 at Stoke.

Police are continuing to investigate what may have caused the crash, which is believed to involve just one vehicle.