Memorial in Ohio held for American cardiologist from minority sect killed in Pakistan

The Associated Press
June 22, 2014 11:08 AM

GROVEPORT, Ohio - A memorial service in central Ohio has honoured an American cardiologist shot and killed last month in Pakistan in front of his wife and toddler.

Police say two gunmen riding a motorcycle shot Mehdi Ali Qamar (meh-dee ah-LEE' kuh-MER') as his family left a cemetery after visiting relatives' graves. He was from the minority Ahmadi (ah-mah-DEE') sect.

About 100 relatives, friends and colleagues gathered Saturday south of Columbus to remember the 51-year-old Qamar, of nearby Pickerington. The ceremony was held at an Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mosque. The Columbus Dispatch reports that speakers at the memorial remembered Qamar as a man dedicated to serving humanity.

A statement from the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Community said thousands of people attended Qamar's funeral two weeks ago in Toronto. Qamar had dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.


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