A social worker from Columbus, OH, reported six members of a family killed in a horrific crash two nights ago with an Ohio police officer were Iraqi refugees who were driving home from holiday visits with family and friends at the time of the accident. Majeda Mohammad works for Community Refugee and Immigration Services in Columbus. She says Eid Badi Shahad and his family had come from Basra, Iraq, to Ohio about three years ago. Shahad, his wife and their four daughters were killed in the wreck. Mohammad said Friday that Shahad’s 77-year old mother and his four sons, ages 5 to 17 were home at the time of the accident. Mohammad says the family had been out making visits as part of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Religious Centers, including Jaffarya, have been approached for monetary assistance.
A Fund has been setup to help the family. Jaffarya is collecting donations to assist the family. You can mail your donations to Jaffarya Center, PO Box 546, E.Amherst, NY 14051.
Donations can also be sent directly to Muslim Family Services of Ohio, PO Box 14023, Columbus, OH 43214.