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    Forza Inter offers its condolences to the Younans

    A very sad incident took place last month where our friend Ammar's brother was shot and killed.

    Lets pay our condolence to his late brother Younan .....

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    In America, they became reality in the life of Bashar "Robert" Younan.

    Years ago, the 32-year-old fled the regime of Saddam Hussein and came to this country with nothing. But he turned hard work as a convenience store clerk into a life his former countrymen could never have.

    He bought a house and a red Jaguar sedan. He became a partner in the store he managed. He was about to become a U.S. citizen, his family said.

    But the life Younan worked so hard to build ended abruptly Thursday afternoon when someone with a gun walked into the Kwiky Mini Mart and shot him dead.

    Las Vegas police believe the motive was robbery. They were searching for suspects Friday.

    The slaying shocked those who knew Younan. Regular customers of the store on Tropicana Avenue near Spencer Street remembered his friendly face and good humor. Many stopped by the store to leave flowers and candles in a makeshift memorial.

    At a relative's house Friday, black-clad relatives recalled Younan's daring escape from the repression of Iraq to the freedom of the United States.

    "He loved the freedom," said Rita Abrahams, a cousin.

    Younan's journey began in 1991, shortly after U.S.-led forces drove Saddam's army out of Kuwait. Younan faced an impending enlistment in the Iraqi army, where soldiers were paid $30 a month, received no benefits and served indefinitely, said Tom Kalandos, a cousin who spent 10 years in the army before fleeing the country.

    With Younan's enlistment looming, his parents decided to send him, along with his younger brother and sister, away from the tyranny of Saddam and away from the religious harassment they endured as Christians in a land of Muslims, the family said.

    As Kalandos recalled, Muslims would tell him, "You are a nice guy, but you still have one bad point: You're a Christian."

    The siblings' escape started with a trip to Yugoslavia, one of a few countries that Iraqis were allowed to visit then. Once there, they hired a smuggler to guide them across the border. He led them through the mountainous terrain for more than three hours before reaching the safety of Greece, the family said.

    Back in Baghdad, Younan's parents knew they might never see their children again. Relatives of Iraqis who fled the country often were imprisoned or killed if the regime discovered the truth, Kalandos said.

    "They take the whole family to prison, and you disappear," he said.

    Families made up stories to cover for the relatives who escaped, telling nosy neighbors they were studying or visiting family in other towns. With no sophisticated computers or tracking systems, such lies were usually enough to keep safe, he said.

    You never told the truth.

    "You just live in fear," said Abby Haddad, a cousin.

    In Greece, Younan found work and filed for refugee status with several countries, including the United States and Australia. His siblings did the same. A couple of years went by before Younan learned the bittersweet news.

    He was accepted into the United States, but his brother and sister were headed to Australia. Like many Iraqi refugee families, the Younans would be split by diplomatic forces beyond their control, the family said.

    Younan settled with his relatives in an apartment in San Diego, where his knowledge of the ancient language of Chaldean led to work in the area's large Chaldean-speaking community. Eventually, he earned enough money to move out, taking an apartment one floor above the one he left.
    "You still have to have home cooking," cousin Aida Kalandos said.

    Meanwhile, his work as a convenience store clerk caught the attention of the store owner, who was planning to open a store in Las Vegas. The owner offered Younan positions as the store's manager and a silent partner in the business, his family said.

    Younan moved to Southern Nevada in 1997 to open the Kwiky Mini Mart, and for the first two years worked from open to close, seven days a week, said his uncle, Sabah Marogi.

    The hard work paid off.

    In 2000 he bought a three-bedroom house in the northeast Las Vegas Valley. A couple of years later he bought a new Jaguar. He dressed in designer clothes.

    In nightclubs such as SRO, Younan flaunted his love for salsa dancing -- and ladies, his family said.

    "The girls would cling onto him just for the free drinks," Haddad said. "He loved it."

    In recent months Younan talked of settling down, and just days before his death, Younan passed the written test to become a U.S. citizen.
    But for all his success here, Younan yearned to rejoin the parents and siblings he had left behind. The family reunited, briefly, a few years ago in Australia, where Younan's parents settled after fleeing Iraq.

    "He was hoping, one day, he and his family could be together," cousin Tina Marogi said.

    After learning his son's fate, Younan's father had to be rushed to the hospital because of his high blood pressure. The condition probably will bar him from flying to the United States for his son's funeral, so the family is planning to send Younan's body to Australia.

    After 13 years apart, Younan and his family will be together again.

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    # http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?s=1969063

    Rest in Peace, Younan


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    Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. For every beginning, there is an ending. For every life, there is a death.

    But not this way. This is a robbery of the most precious thing in life. A crime of the highest degree. I hope that the police catch the murderer as soon as possible and give him the right consequence, a death penalty.

    I'm so sorry for Ammar and his family. Ammar, you are not alone and the Forza Inter community will never let you to walk alone. We shall share our burden and joy together. Your 'brothers' in Forza Inter will stand by you through this tragedy.

    Rest in peace, Bashar Younan.


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    But Bashar's a good dude please let him in
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    Thanks again"


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    Beautiful words, Handoyo. :cry2: I hope the culprits of this horrible crime will get a fair trial and the punishment they deserve. Whatever the jury decide I hope they will suffer. Justice must be done!

    As an atheist I donīt believe in heaven or hell. But these criminals deserves to rot in hell! :angry:

    I give my sincere condolences to Ammar and the rest of his family. :frown:

    Letīs hope Younan is in a nice place now. Let us hope he has found peace wherever he is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gismo
    Letīs hope Younan is in a nice place now. Let us hope he has found peace wherever he is.
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    sad story :cry2:

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    Scary stuff, really. Do you know Ammar in real life, Pravesh?

    Anyways, my condolences to Ammar and his family. May he stay strong during these tough times because it's very hard to see your parents mourning - losing such a close relative will be stuck in your heart forever, and you'll never forget. I know this because i have lost a younger sister.

    Rest in peace, Younan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerazzurro
    Scary stuff, really. Do you know Ammar in real life, Pravesh?
    Not much. A friend from inter forum, and sometimes we used to chat. But I do recall him talking about his brother some months back (before this incident). He told us about his bro moving to US from Iraq....


    And I came to know about this, only today when I had chat with him after a long time.


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    Ammar has his nickname about the loss of his brother for sometime now. However, i have never actually asked him about it, as i felt he needed time to his own.

    Anyway, Ammar, i offer my sincerest condolences to you and your family. I know you are going through hard times, but the Inter family here will always be here for you.

    Javier Zanetti said it best - i hope your brother is in a wonderful place now, where Inter wins lo scudetto every year, and everybody is happy.

    RIP Bashar.

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    Oh first of all I have to thank you all my brothers thank you a lot for your support and your beautiful words I will never forget this moment I just relies how good this forum is I know here we all are like brothers , I wanted to write about what happened to my brother on this forum when the tragedy happed I think 2 weeks after but I didnt feel it was time to talk about it and couldnt be stuffed,
    My Brother Bashar was killed 24/06/2004 I will never forget this day the worst day of my life, I was at school when i got a call and they told me my brother is shot but he is not dead but i didnt believe them coz when i got the call from my other brother he was crying but i had a hope 10 minutes later my cousin picked me up from school. Here is the worst moment of my life I arrived home I got off the car started to hear people crying at my house and yelling screaming and crying I knew it, I was 100% sure that my brother was killed when i entered the house i saw my mom on the floor and people holding her becoz she was tearing her hair and also hitting her chest So I started crying and also went to the hospital because I was so depressed there was a pain in mt left chest and i thought it was my hart but they checked me and found nothing wrong with me they told me maybe it is because of the tragedy or it might be your muscles. Now a month after the Incidence I am trying to get back to my normal life I am went back to my school 2weeks ago and I am getting better but the problem is my parents I dont know when they will get over it I am scared that my mom or my dad might die coz of sadness until now I see my mom and dad crying
    This is enough for me I cant write anymore I will try to post more regularly here from now on. I remember before at interforums.com I use to post around 5-10 posts a day but now at forza-inter.com I stopped I think it is because last year and this year have been very busy year for me, but I will be back here ASAP.

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    Hey Ammar, i am glad to hear you are fine and coping with the unfortunate loss. Please send my deepest condolences to your family.

    Anyway, Forza Inter is always ready to listen to whatever problems you have. If you need someone to talk to, come on FI and we'll all be here for you.

    Take care Ammar!

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    Thank you bro,
    I am always remembering a post I ve done before

    which it is under The Ultimate Fan Exchange Thread where I worte

    Quote Originally Posted by Ammar

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    MY parents 3 sister, 2 in Australia, 1 In Greece. 2 Brothers 1 In Australia and the other in USA Las vegas
    not anymore :cry2:

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    That story made the hairs on my body stand up. Chilling.

    I don't know you Ammar, but I am deeply sorry for you. None of us, as far as I know anyway, will know or hopefully ever know how hard this has been for you, but we are all here for you, whether you know us well or not so well, we can all try our best to help you. I know that we can never bring your brother back and our words of support will never take away the pain, but if our words of sympathy and help can make you feel even slightly better then that is good.

    Best Wishes
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    Ammar my Arab brother. I offer my condolences to you and your family.
    Take care man.
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    Nice to see you're doing okay, Ammar. In life for some unknown reason god likes to send you a curve ball, we all have some unfortunate things happen to us.

    Once again, i am very sorry about your lost. Take care of yourself.
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    Like A#10 I donīt know you well Ammar. But if our words of sympathy and support can make just the smallest difference for you we will continue to support you - our Nerazzurri brother. Our friend.

    I am happy and proud to see the humanity of everyone here. This is truly a great place! Letīs keep it since it is precious.

    Take care, Ammar. I wish you and your familiy good wind as we say where I come from.
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    well, i am other one who doesnt know you, but im so sorry about that, i know that sometimes in these times, words are simply not enough, but if you need any kind of help, know that this community will try to give it to you, i hope we can make you feel at least a little better about this, i offer my condolences, Take care man.
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    Well it certeainly is a very very sad story, and like most of you I offer my deepest condolencies to Ammar and his family. Lets hope your bro is in the best place up there. R.I.P Younan.
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