Hundreds gather for emotional vigil for Naina Rharouity

Hundreds gathered at a vigil for Naima Rharouity
Chris Nardi / CJAD News

Family, friends and supporters of Naima Rharouity held an emotional vigil in order to celebrate the life of what they called "a model Quebecer."

The 47-year-old mother of two died when her scarf got caught in an escalator.

Amidst many tears and farewells, family members who took the stage declared they want police to tell them exactly what happened on January 31st.

Rharouity's niece Soukaina Rharouity says the stories she's heard keep her up at night.

"We don't know exactly what happened and we are very sad about how [she died]," Soukaina told CJAD.

"I can't sleep at night. I can't stop thinking about how much she suffered before she died."

Beyond the horror of her aunt's death, Soukaina Rharouity says she is shocked at the hateful comments her family — of Muslim faith — has received since the incident.

"We were so surprised by all the hateful comments [people sent us]. I mean, a person died, a human being. Whether she was Muslim or not, she was a human being, how can people say things like that?" she asked between tears.

"It could have been their mother, or their sister, or anybody else, so we were very surprised by all the hateful comments."

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  1. Allison posted on 02/02/2014 09:03 PM
    How can there be hate at such a sad time for this family. I hope and pray that they find comfort and peace after this horrible tragedy.
  2. Anne posted on 02/03/2014 10:18 AM
    I would like to donate to the family. Does anyone know if something of this nature has been set up. Very ,very sad...
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