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Victim of New Zealand terrorist attack fulfilled his 'mission' saving others, his friend says

Naeem Rashim tried to stop the gunman during the Christchurch shootings.
Courtesy of Nayab Khan
Naeem Rashim tried to stop the gunman during the Christchurch shootings.

Ramadan begins May 5. The holy month is a time of reflection for Muslims, and to focus on being the best version of themselves. For one man who lives in Carnation, it's also a time to remember a friend who was lost in the terrorist attacks at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Nayab Khan knew Naeem Rashid from a young age, after the two met while in a boarding school in Pakistan. Rashid was one of 50 people killed in the attacks, and is being hailed as a hero for trying to stop the gunman. Rashid's son also died while protecting a young boy.

Khan sat down with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about his friend and his faith. 

Kirsten Kendrick hosts Morning Edition on KNKX and the sports interview series "Going Deep," talking with folks tied to sports in our region about what drives them — as professionals and people.
Ariel first entered a public radio newsroom in 2004 while in school at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. It was love at first sight. After graduating from Bradley, she went on to earn a Master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Ariel has lived in Indiana, Ohio and Alaska reporting on everything from salmon spawning to policy issues concerning education. She's been a host, a manager and now rides shotgun with Kirsten Kendrick as the Morning Edition producer at KNKX.