A vigil to honor two students killed in a terrorist attack will be held Thursday afternoon at Emory University.
Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain died Friday night after being held hostage at a Bangladesh eatery, where they met up with another friend. Kabir, an Emory University undergraduate student at the Oxford College, and Hossain who completed his second year at Oxford and was headed to Emory’s business school in the fall, were both in Bangladesh visiting family.
Friends from childhood who remained close as college classmates, Kabir and Hossain ultimately died together in the attack, led by The Islamic State or ISIS. Hossain had the chance to escape from the Holey Artisan Bakery, but he refused to leave his two friends, Kabir and Tarushi Jain, a University of California-Berkeley student, according to witnesses. All three friends were killed.
Kabir had been with her family Friday evening before leaving to meet her friends around 9 p.m. Within 10 minutes, she called her family, yelling about gunshots and grenades, a cousin later said.
"If for some reason Abinta went a minute late in that restaurant, she would have been alive today," her cousin, Hazira Afiya, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a Facebook conversation.
An interfaith vigil will be held in Cannon Chapel at 1 p.m. Thursday, Emory announced. The vigil will be streamed live for those unable to attend.