Quebec police ID all 6 victims of fatal mosque attack
Posted Date: Monday, January 30, 2017
University professor, a grocer and 2 brothers among those killed
By Marilla Steuter-Martin, CBC News Posted: Jan 30, 2017 1:50 PM ET| Last Updated: Jan 30, 2017 7:37 PM ET .
Quebec provincial police have released the names of the six men who were killed in the Sunday evening shooting at a Quebec City mosque.
According to the Quebec coroner's office, they are:
■Azzeddine Soufiane, 57.
■Khaled Belkacemi, 60.
■Aboubaker Thabti, 44.
■Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42.
■Ibrahima Barry, 39.
■Abdelkrim Hassane, 41.
Soufiane owned and operated the Boucherie Assalam in Sainte-Foy, less than a kilometre away from the Islamic cultural centre where the shooting took place.
Belkacemi was a professor of soil and agri-food engineering at Laval University, also in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood.
Tunisian-born Thabti moved to Quebec in 2011. His two children are three and 11 years old.
Mamadou Tanou Barry and Ibrahima Barry are brothers from Guinea, according to CBC's French-language service, Radio-Canada.
Mamadou, who worked in information technology, was the father of two toddlers, aged three and 1½. His brother, Ibrahima, who worked for Quebec's Revenue Ministry, was a father of four, aged 13, seven, three and two.
Hassane was Algerian, and worked as a programming analyst for the Quebec government. He had three daughters, aged 10, eight and 15 months.
Five others injured in the attack are still in hospital.
'A father to everyone'
Amine Noui, a friend and longtime customer of Soufiane's, was overcome with emotion upon learning of his friend's death Monday.
"I have no words," Noui told CBC's French-language service, Radio-Canada.
He said Soufiane, who was of Moroccan descent, had lived in Quebec for 30 years. Soufiane was known throughout the community as an approachable, supportive figure.
"He was very nice, social, well-liked by all his customers," said Noui. "He was a father to everyone here."
Noui said that when he first moved to Quebec 10 years ago, Soufiane was one of the first people he met, helping him integrate into the community.
'A colleague who will be greatly missed'
Belkacemi earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Polytechnic School of Algiers in Algeria in 1983. He graduated with a PhD from Sherbrooke University in 1990.
His area of research focused on green chemistry and functional foods. Belkacemi was the keynote speaker at the 66th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Quebec City in October.
In a statement, Laval University rector Denis Brière offered his condolences to Belkacemi's family and friends.
"I am extremely saddened by this horrible news," wrote Brière. "My thoughts are turned to the wife and family of Prof. Belkacemi, a colleague who will be greatly missed."
A GoFundMe page launched to collect money for funeral services and support the victims' families raised more than $80,000 in 17 hours.
The crowdfunding campaign was started by Montrealer Romney Copeman.
He told CBC's Homerun that he'd partnered with Islamic Relief Canada to help handle the large sum of money.
"I'm going to ensure that the funds are transferred to the registered charity so the money ends up directly in the hands of families."
With files from Radio-Canada's Cathy Senay