Vignettes of some of the victims from Sunday night’s mosque attack in Quebec
QUEBEC — Details are emerging of some of the six victims of the Quebec City mosque attack on Sunday. Here is some information about them:
Azzedine Soufiane: The father of three was a grocer and butcher. Local imam Karim Elabed described him in an interview as an important member of the community — a longtime Quebec City resident who often helped guide newcomers to the provincial capital.
“Mr. Soufiane was someone who was well known in Quebec because he opened one of the first community businesses here,” said Elabed, an imam at a mosque in nearby Levis.
“Myself, when I arrived here eight years ago, (his shop) was the first place I learned about and pretty much all of Quebec’s muslims did their groceries there.”
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Khaled Belkacemi: Universite Laval confirmed Monday that Belkacemi, was one of their own and was a professor in the food science department.
“Our university community is in mourning today,” rector Denis Briere said in a statement. “We mourn the death of an esteemed member of the faculty and the university, a devoted and beloved man of his colleagues and students.”
Mohamed Labidi, vice-president at the mosque where the attack took place, said Belkacemi was a good friend.
“He wouldn’t have hurt anyone,” Labidi said. “He was so kind and gentle.”
Retired Universite Laval professor Hani Antoun described Belkacemi as a valued colleague and respected scientist.
He said Belkacemi was married to another professor in the department and had three children.
“He was a kind person, someone who was appreciated by everyone,” Antoun said. “He was a renowned scientist who was very well known. It’s an enormous loss.”
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Abdelkrim Hassen: Another father of three who was identified by friend Ali Hamadi. Hamadi said he left the mosque a few minutes before the shooting and that Hassen was killed.
Hamadi said Hassen worked in information technology for the government and that he was a father with three daughters and a wife.
— with files from Associated Press
The Canadian Press
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