A 47-year-old man has been charged with the murder of the man who was found dying of his injuries in Saughton Park on Saturday.
He is appearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.
The police named the victim as taxi driver Ebrahim Aryaei Nekoo, 41, who was discovered in the east part of the park at about 7.20 am on March 24.
The family and friends of Mr.Nekoo issued a statement through Lothian and Borders Police:
“Ebrahim was a warm and devoted husband who I adored and who was well liked within our close group of friends. Everyone who knew and cared for him is completely shocked and devastated by his death and we are all still trying to come to terms with this tragedy”, Nekoo’s wife Mobina Jafari said.
“His friends and family would like to thank the wider community for their messages of support during what has been a very difficult time for us all.”
“We would all now ask that our privacy is respected while we grieve for the loss of Ebrahim.”
A person walking in the area found his body and tried to help him, but he died from injuries shortly afterwards. Lothian and Borders Police have launched a murder inquiry into Mr Nekoo’s death. During the weekend, Saughton Park was cordoned off by police. Officers were manning the area where the victim was found near the junction of Fords Road.
Local residents were shocked by the news and have raised their concerns on the security in the area.
Saughton is one of the most popular parks in this part of Edinburgh. It consists of a sports club, a few football pitches, a Winter Rose Garden, a play ground and a free skate park for the children. The Water of Leith walkaway is passing by closely.