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Funeral held for man killed at Toronto mosque where he volunteered

Last Updated Sep 16, 2020 at 2:22 pm EDT

Summary

Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, 58, was stabbed to death Saturday evening


Police say there are many similarities between Zafis' homicide and a nearby killing five days earlier


A funeral was held Wednesday for a man who was killed outside a Toronto mosque where he volunteered.

Hundreds gathered to mourn 58-year-old Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, who was stabbed to death Saturday evening.

Family and friends say he was a gentle man who spent much of his time helping out the underprivileged. They also say they hope police will find his killer quickly

Police say Zafis was killed by an unknown suspect while he sat outside the mosque as he controlled entry to the building in order to comply with public health protocols.

They say there are many similarities between Zafis’ homicide and a nearby killing five days earlier.

The International Muslim Organization of Toronto says it will not be intimidated by the violence and the mosque will remain open. They say the incident should not discourage congregants from attending service, despite the fear it has created in the community.

Zafis’ funeral took place following early-afternoon prayers at the mosque.