A TRAGIC TALE: “I wasn’t able to save my son,” said a metro Atlanta woman in an interview this past week. Her loss and the strange circumstances surrounding her son’s disappearance resonated across the region and the nation. Hakima Ramzi believed her husband back in late November when he said he was taking their 3-year-old son to a Clayton County park. But hours passed. Then days. Then months. On Friday, Aug. 3, authorities raided a desert compound in New Mexico, where the boy’s father, another man, three women and 11 children were holed up. The property had no running water, plumbing or electricity. And the missing Atlanta boy was not among the children. Though authorities haven’t yet confirmed it, the Jonesboro mother believes her son is the young boy whose body was found days later at the makeshift desert compound in northern New Mexico. She believes it was Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who should’ve turned 4 on Monday, because he was the only child unaccounted for when authorities raided the compound, which her husband, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and other relatives had secretly constructed in rural Taos County. Then came the revelation that authorities in New Mexico claimed the father and four relatives set up the compound to teach children to be school shooters.
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» ‘THEY TOOK MY LIFE’: Clayton mom thinks son died at desert compound
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: AJC photographers were busy this week as more students returned to school, a community marked the somber return of a veteran’s remains and an annual hair show in Atlanta lived up to its glamorous reputation. Here’s a sampling of some of our online galleries.
» AJC PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Somber, serious and stylish scenes Aug. 6-10
» SOMBER, PATRIOTIC OCCASION: Toccoa honors return of Korean War veteran’s remains
» SYTLISH HAIR STEALS THE SHOW: Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show in Atlanta
» BACK TO SCHOOL: More metro Atlanta students start the 2018 school year
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HONORING A VETERAN: Nearly 70 years after Cpl. Terrell J. Fuller disappeared in Korea, his remains were returned to his Georgia hometown. On Thursday, an honor guard escorted the hearse from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, up Interstates 85 and 985 and then on the smaller roads to Toccoa. Crowds turned out to pay their respects to the U.S. Army veteran who was 23 by the time the military presumed him dead. On Thursday, people also took time to thank the many veterans who were among those gathered in the North Georgia city. Fuller was to be buried in a private ceremony on Saturday. “People say the Korean War was the forgotten war,” said Sharon Crosby, special events coordinator for the city. In Toccoa, they remember.
» A REVERENT HERO’S WELCOME: Remembering and honoring Cpl. Fuller
» TOCCOA PAYS RESPECTS: How hometown prepared for occasion
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