October 16, 2017 07:19 PM
The close-knit community at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington is mourning the loss of Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow, who, his family says, was killed in the deadly bombing this weekend in Somalia.
Eyow lived in Bloomington with his wife and three kids, who range in age from 10 to 14 years old.
His family said he had just returned to his home country last weekend to look for any type of opportunity to provide for his family.
Late Sunday, members of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center gathered to grieve with the family and speak to members of the media.
From what his loved ones understand, Eyow made it back to his hometown in Somalia a few hours before the attack. He reportedly had just checked into his hotel and was laying down to rest when the bombs went off.
"We miss him so much, said Ruun Abdi, Eyow's widow. "I want people to know that he was a great father. He has two jobs, and my husband works very hard."
Saturday's blast was the largest ever witnessed in Somalia's capital. It killed at least 276 people and injured around 300 others, the country's information minister said early Monday, making it the deadliest single attack in the Horn of Africa nation.
Eyow is the only one who worked in his family. The Islamic center has established a GoFundMe page to help offset costs for the family.
The center also plans to hold an event next Sunday to raise money for the family.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Updated: October 16, 2017 07:19 PM
Created: October 15, 2017 06:30 PM
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