A campus memorial service was held today for the Loyola University student who was shot and killed during a robbery attempt last week.
Before the service began the victim's brother spoke with reporters about his loss.
Mokaram Rauf, the victim's oldest brother, shared his family's grief over the murder of Mutahir Rauf, 23, who was gunned down Friday night in the 1200 block of West Albion Avenue in an attempted robbery.
"A man who wanted to be a doctor, who wanted to give back to the world -- any time you lose a person with that kind of vision, that kind of clarity and conviction is tragic for anybody," Mokaram Rauf said.
But as police continue to search for two attackers, a remarkably composed Mokaram Rauf and his accomplished Pakistan family are focused on others.
From his work in the Philippines in poverty-blighted communities to his desire to be a doctor to help those in need, Mutahir Rauf, a Northwestern University grad on his way to medical school, was on a remarkable trajectory, determined to bring health care to poor disenfranchised communities, when his life was abruptly cut down.
For family friend Ahmed Rehab, executive director for the Council on American Islamic Relations, it has been difficult to witness the parents' grief. Rehab also talked about the inspiration he has drawn from this courageous family, mourning today but also celebrating the life of their fallen son.
Based on the tremendous outpouring of sympathy from all quarters, this is a loss not just for the grieving family but for the greater community at large.