CHICAGO (CBS) — Family and friends were remembering a slain Loyola University student Tuesday morning, four days after he was shot and killed during a robbery near campus.
Mutahir Rauf, 23, graduated from Northwestern University with a double bachelor’s degree in psychology and science, and then enrolled at Loyola for a graduate-level pre-med program when he decided he wanted to become a doctor.
Rauf and his brother, Mokaram, were walking in an alley near Albion and Lakewood when two men approached them, showed a gun, and demanded money. Rauf thought the gun was a fake and tried to grab it. That is when the suspect fired, shooting Rauf in the head and chest. His brother was not injured.
An interfaith memorial service was held Tuesday morning at the Mundelein Center on Loyola’s Rogers Park campus.
“We seek peace, not vengeance; understanding, not bigotry. We see this brutal act as being symptomatic of a greater epidemic of poverty and violence pervading Chicago,” Mokaram said Tuesday. “It’s not about playing the blame game, it’s not about catching the perpetrators and letting that be the only thing, it’s about understanding why this happened, and how do we prevent other families from having their Mutahirs taken away from them.”