A vigil will be held at Brock University today for first-year medical sciences student Yosif Al-Hasnawi, who was shot and killed Saturday night in Hamilton after trying to assist an elderly man being accosted.
Brock Student Justice Centre Supervisor Zanab Jafry, a fourth-year Brock student who is organizing the vigil said that “Yosif’s death devastated us, but we plan to look further into it and make sure his death is not forgotten.”

She said the Student Justice Centre is concerned as well with the reported 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, 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.

The service starts 3 p.m. at the Pond Inlet, which is located in the Mackenzie Chown Complex at Brock University.

A memorial fund is also being organized to create a scholarship in Al-Hasnawi’s name. In addition, 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.

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