‘Don’t mourn Obaida un­til his killer is dead’

Mum of mur­dered boy wants to see jus­tice served be­fore she ac­cepts con­do­lences for loss

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

The mother of a young boy who was ab­ducted from out­side his home and stran­gled has said she will not be able to rest un­til his killer is brought to jus­tice.

Zainab Al Aqrabawi yes­ter­day de­manded the death penalty for her son’s killer.

Police have de­tained Nedal Issa Ab­dul­lah, 48, on sus­pi­cion of mur­der. It is claimed he tried to rape Jor­da­nian boy Obaida Al Aqrabawi be­fore killing him and dump­ing the body in the Dubai sub­urb of Al Warqa.

Speak­ing to 7DAYS at her home in Shar­jah, Zainab, 30, said: “I want to see my son’s killer be­ing ex­e­cuted in front of my eyes.”

She added: “We will not ac­cept con­do­lences or re­ceive mourn­ers un­til the mur­derer is ex­e­cuted.”

Zainab was speak­ing as dozens of peo­ple gath­ered in the fam­ily’s fourth-floor apart­ment in Shar­jah In­dus­trial Area 8 to sup­port the Al Aqrabawis.

Zainab said her son was “smart and pas­sion­ate to learn more”.

She said she finds it im­pos­si­ble to com­pre­hend why Obaida would have been killed.

“I can’t be­lieve that a stranger has taken him away from me and de­prived me from my only son for­ever,” she said, speak­ing through tears. “I wish he had just let him go.” Mean­while, a so­cial worker at Al Jeel Al Ja­did Pri­vate School, where Obaida stud­ied, de­scribed how pupils wept yes­ter­day morn­ing as they took part in a me­mo­rial for Obaida.

The school posted a trib­ute on its Face­book page, which read: “With hearts faith­ful in God’s jus­tice and strength, with grief and sad­ness, the Al Ja­did fam­ily of­fers its con­do­lences to our school’s loss, the stu­dent Obaida Ibrahim. May God have mercy on him and his fam­ily.”

Also yes­ter­day, UAE res­i­dents took to so­cial me­dia de­mand­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of the sus­pected killer, if convicted. The hash­tag ‘ex­e­cute Obaida’s killer in public’ was trend­ing on Twit­ter.

Aya Al Aqrabawi cried her­self to sleep af­ter be­ing told the news of her brother’s death. Her sis­ter Tala, aged three, is too young to un­der­stand ex­actly what was hap­pened, but she knows Obaida is not com­ing home.

“She does not fully un­der­stand what hap­pened, how­ever, she misses him a lot,” says their mother, Zainab.

She was speak­ing to 7DAYS at their home in Shar­jah yes­ter­day as they strug­gle to come to terms with the loss of Obaida.

“I am ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the worst night­mare ever in my life,” Zainab says. “My son was smart and pas­sion­ate to learn more.

“I can’t be­lieve a stranger has de­prived me of my only son for­ever.

“I wish he had just let him go. We would have searched in every cor­ner across the UAE to find him.”

Their apart­ment was packed yes­ter­day as fam­ily mem­bers and friends of­fered sup­port.

They had faced an anx­ious wait since Obaida van­ished on Fri­day about 7.30pm. They re­ceived the news they feared late on Sun­day night.

“Obaida could not do any­thing to de­fend him­self from suf­fer­ing the vi­o­lence at the hands of his at­tacker,” Zainab says. “His killer is not a hu­man… he killed my beloved son with no feel­ing… no mercy. I’m told he killed my son af­ter try­ing to sex­u­ally as­sault him, he did not show any mercy to­wards a lit­tle boy.” Obaida had been play­ing out­side his home in Shar­jah In­dus­trial Area 8. Zainab says: “On the day of the in­ci­dent, Obaida in­sisted on go­ing out­side to play al­though I tried to pre­vent him and keep him at home.

“I did not know that the death an­gel was roam­ing around him."

Zainab says the fam­ily knew the sus­pect in their child’s death.

She adds he was a fre­quent cus­tomer to the busi­ness and had brought his car for re­pair.

“He is not a friend of my hus­band, but a mere cus­tomer,” she says. “He vis­ited our house a few times as my hus­band's work­shop is on the ground floor, where my son used to play.

“He tried to make my son like him by promis­ing many times to bring gifts for him. The last time, he promised to buy a scooter for him.”

Zainab adds: “Obaida was re­ally ac­tive on the day he died. He pre­pared a sched­ule with me to study for his ex­ams. Then he went and never came back.

“In the past two days, I have wo­ken up every day and gone to wake him up for school.

“I can’t imag­ine that I have lost Obaida for­ever. I can’t imag­ine that I lost a piece of my heart.”

TAKEN: Obaida, 7, was snatched from near his home in Shar­jah and found dead in Dubai

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