On Saturday, March 30 2019, as our beloved Br. Shakeel Khan was closing his restaurant, Halal Bites, in Johnson City, New York, he was shot and killed by a masked gunman. The killer of this heinous and unprovoked murder is still at large.
Everyone in the Greater Binghamton community has been shaken by the events that have unfolded but the ones affected most are his family for whom he was the sole breadwinner. He leaves behind a wife, 14 year old daughter Maria, and two sons, 12 year old Hasan, and and 8 year old Temur. All three children attend the Vestal school district.
We are calling on everyone to help make things easier for them in these difficult days. Though no amount of money ever could heal the pain of the family or bring back the peace that was shattered, we hope to help them take care of their needs for the next few months as they struggle to live after their life has been turned upside down by this senseless act.
Br. Shakeel moved to the Binghamton area from Brooklyn one year ago to establish his business. He had moved here from New York City to establish a business and to raise his kids in a better environment and neighborhood. Although he was in the Binghamton area for only a short while he was loved by everyone who met him for his generous heart and beautiful character. He and his family were regular members and attendees of the mosque. Those who knew Br. Shakeel can testify he was one of the most kind hearted and nicest people. People loved coming to his restaurant to talk to him and meet with him. Halal Bites was a family favorite in the area, as many enjoyed the delicious food and wonderful service.
We also ask everyone to pray that Allah gives them patience and peace and that the culprit is found and given justice.
This campaign has been organized by the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier (IOST Masjid), which is the local mosque where the family regularly attends, and has been approved by the family. The funds will be collected by the IOST and given personally to the family. All funds will be used for the rent, bills, and monthly expenses for the family for the upcoming year so that they can get their life back on track with one less thing to worry about. We ask that you share this page with as many as you can so that we can support the family.
News Link: https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/public-safety/2019/04/02/jc-shooting-murder-halal-bites-shakeel-khan-riverside-drive-police-investigate/3333389002/
2nd Link: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/binghamton/news/2019/04/01/johnson-city-shooting#
3rd Link: https://wbng.com/news/local-news/2019/04/02/police-identify-johnson-city-shooting-victim/
4th Link: https://wnbf.com/jc-police-release-name-of-man-killed-in-shooting/