Family of local woman killed in Syria attack: 'She died doing what she loved'

The family of a local woman killed in a bombing while helping U.S. soldiers is speaking only to Channel 2 Action News on Sunday night.

Tri-Cities High School graduate Ghadir Taher, 27, who immigrated with her family to America from Syria, died from injuries she suffered in the blast, her younger brother, Ali, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday.

“We are just so proud of her to have taken this brave step for America. For Syria. For the people," said her friend Birva Patel.


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Patel and Itzary Franco were two of Taher’s closest friends

“She was a very brave woman and always up for a challenge," Patel said.

Born in Syria, Taher became a naturalized American citizen after she and her family immigrated to Georgia in 2001 but the 27-year-old never forgot her roots

“She was basically the connection between the American troops in Syria and the Syrian locals," Franco said.

Family and friends said she was working for a defense contractor when she became the victim of a suicide bombing.

“She was very passionate about what she was doing because she was making such a huge impact on her people in Syria," Patel said.

Passion and hard work that will never be forgotten 

Her friends are honoring her memory by creating a scholarship fund in her name. It will be given out to high school students who excel in the classroom.

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