ATLANTA - The family of a restaurant owner shot and killed during a robbery attempt is marching for change and justice.
Approximately 100 people, including members of the Atlanta Police Department and city leaders, marched in Atlanta’s Oakland City and Vine City neighborhoods Saturday, raising their voices for safer communities.
Family members of slain restaurant owner Rayadh Nurridin, 36, are pushing for information that helps find the man suspected of killing him as he closed his business on Sylvan Road in East Point on July 2.
“Just raising awareness to stop all crimes, all violence,” Nurridin’s brother Amir Ali said.
East Point police identified a suspect shortly after the killing. They are searching for Yusuf Abdul Alkarim, who they believe shot Nurridin why trying to rob Ikhlas Superb Seafood, one of two Atlanta restaurants Nurridin owned.
They, along with the Atlanta Police Department and community members, said they want to change the mentality of violence in the community to keep this from happening to other families.
“It’s not just about my brother in particular because it hit so close to home, it’s about all of us as a community,” Ali said.
Nurridin’s family is looking to the public to help find Alkarim.
“They took away from us a beloved person, from the community, from our family, and from the world,” Nurridin’s father-in-law, Hussain Al-Hindi, said.
Ali said there needs to be a shift in the community to begin to work with the police.
“We have to come together and we have to be their assistance,” Ali said. “We have to be their extra arm and help them out. We can’t be with this ‘no snitching’ stuff anymore.”
Nurridin’s family said that change needs to happen in order to bring about more change in stopping violence in the area and city.
“It’s these types of cold-blooded crimes that takes away fathers, sons,” Al-Hindi said.
Nurridin leaves behind a wife and three small children. Organizers of Saturday’s march said they are planning a similar event next Saturday, July 19.
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