IT was the most shocking crime ever in Huddersfield.
But it was also a crime that united a community and a town.
The sickening murders of eight people - five of them young sisters - in an arson attack on a house in Birkby left everyone stunned.
It happened on a quiet cul de sac, lined with neat terrace houses.
And it happened in an area where many colours and creeds had lived together in quiet contentment for year after year.
All those faiths, all those backgrounds, united in the grief they shared with the family, who saw their home and their lives destroyed in a senseless attack in the early hours.
The massive police investigation, the worldwide TV and newspaper coverage and the subsequent court cases meant the name of Birkby became etched in criminal history.
What made it even more terrible was that the killers had taken such drastic action in a bid to protect themselves from justice elsewhere.
The gang targeted the home of 18-year-old Ateeq Rehman in a bid to frighten him away from giving evidence in a kidnap and assault case in Newcastle.
But Ateeq died in their firebomb attack on the Osborne Road house - along with his mother, Mrs Zaib-un-Nisi, his sister, Mrs Nafeesa Aziz, and his five young nieces, Tayyaba, Rabia, Ateeqa, Aneesa and Najeeba.
The deaths of the five sisters - the youngest just six months old - was what shocked most people.
None were able to escape as they slept in upstairs bedrooms.
Three people did manage to get out, but all suffered physical and mental scars.
Mr Abdul Aziz Chishti, a respected former imam at the local mosque, was led to safety by his daughter, Siddiqah. His son, Shafiq, escaped by leaping from an upstairs widow.
All three still live in Osborne Road, only yards from the house that had been a loving home. And all still have to relive the ordeal, day after day, night after night.
The family have paid tribute to the support and help they have received from the fire service, the police and the public. And they hope the community will never forget the victims.