Pakistani University Student Shot Dead in Chicago

Chicago, IL: A Pakistani student enrolled in Loyola University was fatally shot in Chicago on Friday during an attempted robbery, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Accompanied by his brother, 23-year-old Mutahir Rauf was walking by 1300 block of West Albion Avenue in Roger Park neighborhood, when he was stopped by two men on foot, a block from the varsity’s campus.

According to police, the robbers pulled out a gun and ordered the brothers to hand over their belongings.

Rauf protested and allegedly tried to grab hold of the gun. He was fatally shot in the head and chest in the scuffle that followed.

The attackers managed to flee the scene unharmed, Rauf’s brother reported.

Loyola University verified the incident in a statement on the university’s official website.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic situation, and we ask that you keep this student’s family in your thoughts and prayers."

No arrests have been made as yet.

In a further update, the university said:

"The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is the lead investigatory agency, and detectives are actively looking for information that will lead to the identification and arrest of the two offenders of this horrific crime. According to the CPD report, the offenders are described as follows:

  • Offender #1 – male, black, 18-20 years of age, wearing a black ski mask and a black hoodie
  • Offender #2 – male, black or Hispanic, 18-20 years of age, wearing a black knit cap and a black hoodie"

A Community Builders Council (CBC) message received from Chicago reads:

Remembering Mutahir Rauf

The devastatingly tragic loss of a young Loyola student life from a botched armed robbery becomes more painful to bear as we are told the armed thugs demanded money from him and his younger brother while they were walking near the campus in their gym clothes with no money on them.

Many knew Mutahir from his days at Northwestern as well. He was a brilliant student they say, who had just finished his MCAT with high scores, was involved with a research project and was planning to enter med school. He was the middle of three brothers. The elder sibling is a physician in New York, the younger one a student at Loyola. A life with so much promise and so many possibilities so cruelly ended, a victim to the horrific culture of gun violence.

Funeral prayers were held at MCC with the grieving parents visiting from Pakistan and planning to take their slain son home. Another funeral service was planned for Tuesday on the campus of Loyola. For details please check with Loyola's Muslim chaplain, Br. Omer Mozaffar: Pl text, not call 630 881-5211 or email;

Transportation arrangements are being made by Mufti Haroon Firdausi.

An account has been opened for contributions to be made to help the family with expenses at:

Please donate and remember them in your 'duas'.





Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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