Communities Rally: $290K Raised as Chicago, Plainfield Illuminate Path to Healing After Tragic Loss


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CHICAGO, IL – People from across the globe have rallied behind the family of six-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume, raising close to $300,000 following a horrific hate crime this weekend.  Wadea was fatally attacked in his home, with his mother, Hanaan Shahin, sustaining severe injuries.

A fundraiser, “Support the Family of Our Departed Angel, Wadea Al-Fayoume,” orchestrated by Ahmed Rehab, has garnered the support of over 4,000 donors, reaching 96% of its goal within a short span. The funds will aid in Wadea’s Janazah, cover Hanaan’s medical expenses, ensure she has a safe home to return to, and establish a charity in Wadea’s memory.

While the tragedy of Wadea’s loss is immeasurable, the community’s response exemplifies hope and resilience in the face of adversity. Those inspired to contribute can join in, furthering the message of unity against hate.

Plainfield to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Slain Boy: Community Unites for Healing

The heart of Plainfield will glow with candles tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8 p.m., as residents gather at the Prairie Activity & Rec Center to honor the life of six-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume. 

The vigil serves as a beacon of unity, healing, and support. Attendees are encouraged to come with compassion, standing together against hatred while focusing on togetherness and peace.


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