Emory University vigil for students killed in Bangladesh

- The Emory University community gathered Thursday to remember two students killed in a terror attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh last week.

Dozens attended the "Vigil for Dhaka" beginning at 1 p.m. in Cannon Chapel on the Atlanta campus.

Faraaz Hossain and Abinta Kabir were killed in the Saturday morning attack when a group of armed extremists stormed an upscale restaurant in Bangladesh's capital.  Twenty-eight people died in the attack.

Kabir was entering Emory's Oxford College as a sophomore.  She was visiting family and friends in Bangladesh at the time of the attack.  Hossain was a student at the university's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta.

Emory spokeswoman Elaine Justice said Kabir was a sophomore from Miami and Hossain was from Dhaka.

Both victims were remembered as smart and kind individuals.

"Abinta and Faraaz, you are my light," Salma Soliman, a student at Emory’s Oxford College said at the vigil.  "I will try to reach the level of patience and kindness you both possessed in your personal lives, academics and even in your death."

The service was an interfaith gathering that included Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim prayers.

"It's important that we're all coming together and showing that at the end of the day, we're all humans," said Rasika Tangutoori, an Emory University senior. 

Emory plans to host additional memorials for Kabir and Hossain when more students return to campus for the fall semester.  

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