Albany Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence

Zaki Kabob House in Albany tonight, Tuesday, will hold a candlelight vigil for those killed in the school massacre in Newtown, CT, and other victims of gun violence across the nation, including Asama Ayyad, 20, of the family that runs Zaki.

A candlelight vigil is being held at Zaki Kabob House in Albany from 5-6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, to remember those who died in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, CT, and other victims of gun violence.

The vigil will also recall a member of the family that operates Zaki, Asama Ayyad, who at age 20 was killed in a hail of bullets while waiting at a stoplight in Richmond in June 2010. Police at the time said it was apparently a case of mistaken identity, according to an article in Richmond Confidential

The family made its home in El Cerrito, the article noted.

An invitation to the candelight vigil from Ayyad's brother, Ramzy Ayyad, and posted on the Zaki Kabob House Facebook page, says:


Zaki Candlelight Vigil

Tomorrow night (December 18, 2012) Zaki will be hosting a Candlelight vigil in our parking lot to pay our respects for the loss of life in Newtown Connecticut and to remember and support other families of victims of gun violence here in the Bay Area, across the nation, and around the world

Everyone is welcome to this event  and to bring pictures of their loss as we stand together to pay our respects as a community. As victims of gun violence, heartbreaking events like these especially hits home for us.

My brother Asama Ayyad, just 20 years old, was fatally shot multiple times in Richmond in June 2010 while waiting for a traffic light.  It was touching to see the outpouring of support from our customers, even complete strangers some even came to our home to pay their respect s and give their condolences. Amid the sadness over our loss it was a great feeling that our family felt with the out pour of emotional support and love.  

It was hard to watch news reports of children being shot and killed, right before the holidays and to hear of the brutal description of how they were killed some being shot multiple times, some being shot in the face I woke up with the TV on early in the morning a few days ago and the news of the children being killed it was hard to hold back tears, I don't like crying but it was hard to resist. 

It's hard to think of what to be  mad at when things like this happen, it makes us think twice when sending our children to school, no matter where you live, I actually know a restaurant owner in Newtown, he couldn't stop hugging his kids as he sent them to school after the shooting happened.    

On a positive note, complete strangers can come together at times like these, put their differences down and show kindness and good faith toward one another, and this renews my faith in humanity in such an inhumane world.

So let's come together tomorrow:

You are invited to Zaki's Candlelight Vigil tomorrow night. December 18, 2012 from 5pm-6pm in Zaki's Parking lot.

Winifred Owen December 18, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Thanks - finally found it by going deeper into the facebook page, and also recognized the location from the photo. (Remember when KFC was there MANY years ago?)
JW December 18, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Check the upper righthand corner for a map and the address.
Jenny at Berkeley Schools Report December 19, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I'm disappointed that I didn't see this until this morning- I would have loved to attend. Thank you to the family at Zaki for planning this event for our community.
Charles Burress December 19, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Apologies for the late notice – I didn't find out about it until a few hours before it was scheduled.
Dorothy Coakley December 20, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Several of my friends and I go to Zaki's for lunch from time to time. Ramzy and his family are gracious hosts, involved in the community and (here's the show stopper) their food is out of this world. If you've a hankering for authentic Middle Eastern food this is the place to go. Oh...and there is a parking lot. Just don't expect alcohol. Its not served.


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