UPDATE: Due to such wide community interest, the vigil is moved from room AS216 to the Pond Inlet, which is located in the Mackenzie Chown Complex at Brock University. The vigil will start promptly at 3 p.m.
A vigil will be held on Friday at Brock University to honour the life of Yosif Al-Hasnawi, a first-year Brock student who was killed in Hamilton on Saturday night while trying to intervene in an altercation.
A memorial fund is also being organized to create a scholarship in Al-Hasnawi’s name to remember the 19-year-old Hamilton resident.
“Yosif’s death devastated us, but we plan to look further into it and make sure his death is not forgotten,” said Zanab Jafry, a fourth-year Brock student and supervisor of the Brock Student Justice Centre, who is organizing the vigil.
She said, in a media release, that the centre is concerned with the witness reports of Al-Hasnawi not being treated well by paramedics.
“The devastation is two-fold. One because he was killed, but also because he didn’t get the treatment he needed,” she said.
“We want to make sure what happened to Yosif is not just remembered, but that it’s corrected and that our society learns from this in future.”
Jafry, who is in the same medical sciences program as Al-Hasnawi was, said Brock faculty, staff and students, as well as some of Yosif’s family members and spiritual leaders, will take part in the Friday vigil.
“Yosif wanted to help people. He lived his life that way and it seems that’s also how he died — in the service of others,” Jafry said.
The service will take place Friday at 3 p.m. at the Pond Inlet in the Mackenzie Chown Complex at Brock University.
Donations are now being collected to establish the Yosif Al-Hasnawi Memorial Fund, which will be used to establish a scholarship in his name. Donations can be made online at brocku.ca/donate or by phone at 905-688-5550 x4190.
Cheques payable to “Brock University” with “In memory of Yosif Al-Hasnawi” in the reference line can be mailed to Development and Alumni Relations, Brock University, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1
More information can be found here, https://www.facebook.com/events/131167107661965/.
Information provided by Brock University.